The University of Iowa was one of the founding institutions for the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).
In 1991, six years after the Hawkeyes began competing in AMTA, the University of Iowa Mock Trial Club was founded.
Now, 20 years later, Mock Trial at the University of Iowa remains a student organization excellent in building senses of community and confidence in Hawkeye undergraduates.
In 1985, the University of Iowa participated in the first ever AMTA National Championship Competition in Des Moines.
In 1998, the University of Iowa team made its first appearance at the National Championship Tournament in over ten years.
Two years later, Iowa qualified two teams to Des Moines for the first time, both receiving honorable mentions by finishing 11th and 13th.
In 2001, the University of Iowa again qualified two teams to the National Championship Tournament, with one team finishing 4th in the nation.
A year later, the University of Iowa was crowned the National Champion of Intercollegiate Mock Trial. This achievement was honored by the Iowa Senate in Resolution 157.
In the 2002-2003 season, the University of Iowa rode on the backs of its returning champions and a large incoming class to have the most successful season in the history of the organization.
The University of Iowa became the second school in AMTA history to win back to back national championship titles, after finishing the National Championship Tournament undefeated.
The University of Iowa created another page in AMTA history in the spring of 2006 by becoming the first school to earn six consecutive top five finishes at the AMTA National Championship Tournament. From 2001 - 2006, the University of Iowa finished 4th, 1st, 1st, 3rd, 5th, and 4th, respectively.
UI Mock Trial was also awarded the first ever National Championship Tournament Spirit of AMTA Award in 2000 for embodying civility and respect in the courtroom.