We greatly appreciate your interest in the Mock Trial Competition Team. On both Tuesday, August 20, and Thursday, August 22, at 6:00 P.M. in Aubie Hall 139, 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 an opening statement, impromptu speech, and cross examination. If you aren’t familiar with some of these terms, don’t worry! On Tuesday, August 27, at 6:00 P.M. in Mell/RBD 3133, we will hold a “crash course” of basic skills used in mock trial competitions. We will be discussing the concepts that applicants will use during the tryouts. If you’re unfamiliar with mock trial, it is highly recommended that you attend an information session and the crash course, as the information session will give you an idea of what to expect from the program, and the crash course will clarify the skills you’ll display during tryouts.
Tryouts will be held on August 29 and 30. To schedule a tryout, please attend an information session or the crash course. 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. Currently, these practice times are from 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday and Thursday and 4:00-6:00 on Sunday. These times are subject to change next year, based on the entire team's schedule. 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 it. You will not be required to fulfill both roles.
Yes, you will receive course credit. Members receive three credit hours in the fall term and one credit hour 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.
For the past two years, we have met on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday around the times listed previously; however, the days and times for meetings are subject to change, if the competing members have a conflict and are unable to meet during those dates and times.
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.