Aspiring attorneys from ten high schools in the east spent their Saturday taking part in a mock trial.
The event, sponsored by Hardee and Hardee Attorneys at Law, was held at the Pitt County courthouse.
The mock trial was put on by the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the Carolina Center for Civic Education.
The students exercised critical thinking skills as well as public speaking and evaluating evidence. The case involved the shooting of an offender with a prior record by a deputy.
Local attorneys took part in the mock trial as judges and juries to help teach kids what it's like to work for the law.
"As the assistant district attorney here in Pitt County that handles juvenile matters, I can tell you that it's very important that we see students and younger folk that are actually in the courtroom in this setting rather than the regular setting that I see them in sometimes," said Scott Entzminger.
The school that wins the state finals competition in Raleigh will get an all-expense paid trip to Wisconsin for the national finals May 8-10.