On Sept. 29, 2021, our Coaching Staff finalized decisions for our 2021-2022 competitive roster. We are no longer accepting new members to our competitive roster.

Join Us!

Mock Trial @ UI is always excited to meet new Hawkeyes like you!

If you are interested in becoming a member, be sure to:

  1. Read through our FAQ

  2. Check out our social media

  3. Attend an informational meeting

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FAQ

What is Mock Trial?


Mock Trial is a competitive activity which combines elements of speech, debate, and theater in a simulated courtroom trial. Read more here.




What would I be doing in Mock Trial?


At meetings, you would prepare for competitions by learning about the law, developing team strategy and case theory, and writing and practicing witness examinations, opening statements, and closing arguments.

At competitions, you and your team would compete on both sides of the case (both state/plaintiff and defense) multiple times against various schools.




What will I gain from being in the program?


As a member of Mock Trial at UI, you will:

  • Gain public speaking skills
  • Think critically and creatively
  • Learn about the law
  • Travel the country
  • Network within the legal field
  • Win awards
  • Make friends!




What is the time commitment?


Mock Trial is a significant time commitment.

We meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 to 9:30 P.M.

We also travel four or five weekends for competition per academic year. Competitions are usually all day Saturday and Sunday.




Who can join?


ANY enrolled undergraduate student!

Our current members are in various programs of study including English, Engineering, Business, Economics, International Studies, and Education.

About half of our current members had NO mock trial experience when they first joined.




How competitive is the organization?


Mock Trial is a competitive activity, and we like to win!

The past two seasons, we have qualified teams to the National Championship, the highest level of competition in the country.

In order to achieve that kind of success, our members devote a lot of time to becoming better competitors and are serious about practicing during our meetings.




Is Mock Trial meeting virtually or in-person this fall?


We plan on hosting all of our meetings in-person at the Boyd Law Building.

There is no mask mandate on campus, but we respectfully ask that our members wear masks if they are not fully vaccinated.




Okay, I'm interested! How do I join?


Join Mock Trial by coming to an informational meeting!

Can't attend? E-mail our VP Tess Paxson at terese-paxson@uiowa.edu for more information.

Our first "real" meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 6:30 P.M. in Room 125 of Boyd Law Building.




When are try-outs?


Try-outs will be held the first week of October.




What is the try-out process like?


Try-outs usually consist of:

  1. Opening statement or closing argument performed by you

  2. Direct examination where you act as a witness part of your choosing

  3. Cross examination where you cross-examine a non-hostile witness

If you don’t know what any of this means yet—don’t worry! During the first few weeks of practice, we will help you prepare all the parts for your try-out.




Can I attend meetings and then decide not to try out?


Yes!

You are welcome to come to our meetings throughout September and learn a little about mock trial, public speaking, and the law.

Then, you can decide whether or not you would like to try out to be a full competing member in October.




What if I have no mock trial experience?


No worries, you're in the same boat that half our current members used to be in! Our first meetings throughout September will basically be Mock Trial 101 meetings. During these meetings, you will prepare all the parts for your try-out with coaches and current members.





 
 

info meetings

  • Zoom Info Meeting
    Sun, Sep 05
    https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96839714421?pwd=bW0
    Sep 05, 6:00 PM
    https://uiowa.zoom.us/j/96839714421?pwd=bW0
    Come learn more about Mock Trial!
  • In-Person Info Meeting
    Thu, Sep 02
    Iowa Memorial Union, Room #346
    Sep 02, 6:00 PM
    Iowa Memorial Union, Room #346, 125 N Madison St, Iowa City, IA 52242, USA
    Come learn more about Mock Trial! Pizza will be provided...just saying. 👀
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