About

“So this is what the inside of a courtroom looks like.”
-A Few Good Men

Mock Trial gives law students real trial experience at a competitive level. Students participate in nationwide competitions that give them opportunities to give opening and closing statements, and to direct- and cross-examine witnesses. For students interested in litigation, Mock Trial is an invaluable experience to develop skills that other courses cannot provide.

About the Classroom Experience

Trial Advocacy

“Mr. Gambini, that is a lucid, intelligent, well thought-out objection.
Vinny Bambini: Thank You.
Judge Haller: Overruled.”

-My Cousin Vinny

Team members enroll in a trial advocacy class in the fall, and participate in competitions in the spring.  Classes focus on the skills needed to succeed in competition and beyond.  Textbooks are optional, and class participation is more than simply raising your hand! In Mock Trial, members learn by doing.  They create their own direct and cross examinations, opening statements and closing arguments, and get first-hand advice from practicing attorneys.

Evidence

“I strenuously object?” Is that how it works? Hm? “Objection.” “Overruled.” “Oh, no, no, no. No, I STRENUOUSLY object.”  “Oh. Well, if you strenuously object then I should take some time to reconsider.”
-A Few Good Men

Want to see the Rules of Evidence in action?  Mock Trial provides the perfect opportunity.  Students learn the basics of evidence and put their knowledge into practice.  Learn when to object and how to do so persuasively.  Understanding hearsay was never so much fun!  You do not have to take Evidence before joining mock trial.

Why Join Mock Trial?

Develop your skills

“Why does a Lieutenant Junior Grade with nine months’ experience and a track record for plea bargaining get assigned to a murder case? Would it be so it never sees the inside of a courtroom?”
-A Few Good Men

The skills you will acquire as a Mock Trial member simply cannot be replicated by book study alone.  Become more confident and poised.  Refine your public speaking skills.  What you learn here translates far beyond the courtroom.

Enhance your Résumé

“Why does it seem like you’re always trying to give me your resume?
Because I want you to think that I’m a good lawyer.”
-A Few Good Men

Show your employers that your public speaking and oral communication skills are second to none!  Mock trial is a great way to boost your résumé.  If you are looking to give yourself a competitive edge without putting in some serious, time, however beware!  Mock Trialers earn every bit of their excellent reputations.

Work with Experienced Students and Attorneys

“You win all your cases, but with somebody else’s help, right? You win case after case, and then afterwards you have to go up to somebody and you have to say, ‘thank you.’”
-My Cousin Vinny

Like many student organizations, Mock Trial provides a fantastic opportunity to learn from your peers, and enjoy a collaborative environment.  An added bonus:  all of our coaches are either still practicing law, or have recently turned to teaching after highly successful litigation careers.  As a result, their advice is on point and up to date.

Earn Credit

This is law school, after all.  2Ls and 3Ls are eligible to receive 3 credits (pass/fail) during a semester in which they compete and 2 credits (pass/fail) during a semester in which they fully participate in mock trial but are not part of a competing team.  Unfortunately, 1Ls are ineligible to receive credit for mock trial because of the limits on the number of credits a 1L can receive under ABA rules.  We can promise, however, that Evidence will be much easier after your 1L year of mock trial should you decide to take it in the fall of of your 2L year.

Fun!

Nobody enjoys law school more than mock trialers.  We work hard, and play harder.