We greatly appreciate your interest in the Mock Trial Competition Team. On both Thursday, August 18th, and Tuesday, August 23rd, at 6:00 P.M. in RBD/Mell 3035, the team’s Executive Board will hold two information sessions about the organization. During these information sessions, we will present an overview of the program, and we will be discussing information on tryouts. This year, our tryout process will require applicants to present a prepared speech, an impromptu speech, and a cross examination. If you aren’t familiar with some of these terms, don’t worry! It is highly recommended that you attend an information session even if you do have previous mock trial experience.
Tryouts will be held on August 24th and 25th, beginning at 5 P.M. To schedule a tryout, please attend an information session or email Logan Smith, Vice President of Recruitment (firstname.lastname@example.org). Listed below are some frequently asked questions that the team has answered. If you have questions that are not described below, please reach out to us.
Being on the mock trial team is a very time consuming commitment. We practice for two hours, three times a week, at a minimum. Class meets from 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday and Thursday and 4:30-6:30 on Sunday. Additionally, in the weeks leading to competitions, we will hold at least two scrimmages during the week to prepare for competitions. We attend up to three competitions in the fall, and around three in the spring. This is also subject to change, based on team performance and tournament availability. In terms of team roles, you have the opportunity to be placed as either an attorney or witness. Team role placement is determined by the Executive Board and respective team captains. As an attorney, you will write, memorize, and present an opening statement, direct examination, cross examination, AND/OR a closing argument. As a witness, you will be expected to prepare and present testimony based on your selected attorney's questions, and you will be responsible for adding "character" to i
Yes, you will receive course credit. Members will be enrolled in POLI 3330 and receive two credit hours in the fall term and two credit hours in the spring term. A maximum of total of twelve credit hours can be obtained by participating.
Yes, the entire season lasts all year long. We begin in August, and we will have the possibility of continuing to meet through Nationals, the championship rounds hosted in April.
No. You do not need any previous mock trial or court room experience to be on the team, nor do we require a specific GPA. All of the material you will use will be taught and explained within the first two months of being on the team.