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 Spring 2020

The team traveled to the St. Thomas School of Law and competed against MIAC schools like St. Kate’s, Hamline, and Macalester. We walked away with an even 4-4 record after facing the two highest scoring teams. Our attorneys also walked away as some of the highest scoring in the entire tournament with our Co-President Adam Schwartz walking away with three out of four judges naming him top attorney! We are now looking forward to regionals from February 21-23 at Hamline University where we hope to move to Opening Round Championships (ORCS).

Anyone interested in learning more/getting involved should email the Pre-Law Society email ([email protected]), or either of our Co-Presidents ([email protected] or [email protected]) to learn more.

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