What is Mock Trial?
Mock Trial is a competitive activity which combines elements of speech, debate, and theater in a simulated courtroom trial.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Opening statement or closing argument performed by you
Direct examination where you act as a witness part of your choosing
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?
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!