The UF Undergraduate Mock Trial Team, also known as “The Liti-Gators”, is a group of about 40 undergraduate students and five coaches. It works to field four to five, competitive teams that compete under the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), going head-to-head against other universities from all across the United States.
Although most members plan to attend law school after graduation, members learn skills applicable to every person, no matter their career ambitions. Members ultimately develop critical thinking, public speaking skills, and the ability to form rational oral arguments on demand. Involvement on the team also entails learning legal procedure and courtroom etiquette.
Since establishment in 2007, “The Liti-Gators” have quickly become a nationally-recognized name in the mock trial community. This past season alone, the UF Mock Trial Team took home top finishes and a record number of individual awards from invitationals across the southeast. Additionally the program had outstanding results in our regional competitions, where four teams qualified to the next round of competition, and ultimately sending a team to the national championships with an eighth place finish, landing “The Liti-Gators” with a ranking among the top 25 programs in the country.