Mock Trial

Mock Trial competitions are sponsored and administered by the American Mock Trial Association. Each team receives similar case materials at the beginning of the season to use to prepare for upcoming competitions. Included in the materials are case law, witness statements and rules of evidence. Each team must prepare both sides of the case (e.g. prosecution and defense in a criminal trial).

For each trial, six team members - three attorneys and three witnesses - attempt to portray their respective side of the case. The lawyers give opening statements, conduct direct examinations of their own witnesses and cross examinations of the other team's witnesses and present closing arguments. There are two judges who score the teams on the quality of the presentation of each attorney and witness The winner of the trial is not determined by the merits of the case (e.g. whether the judges would have convicted the defendant or not), but rather on the quality of the presentation.

Mock Team Update Fall 2019

The CSB/SJU Mock Trial team is off to a fast start in 2019. After competing in the regionals competition to close out the season last year, we find ourselves ranked in the national school rankings for the first time in recent memory (#246 in the nation). We went off to recruit new members during involvement fair and started working to prepare our case for this year.

The team plans to compete in two meets a semester this year with the first being the St. Paul Trials at Hamline University against familiar MIAC schools like St. Olaf, Carelton, and the always rival University of St. Thomas.

If you would be interested in joining the Mock Trial team, please contact Adam Schwartz ([email protected]) or email our club account ([email protected]) we would love to see you there!

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Phil Kronebusch, Political Science, Simons 148, [email protected]