What Is Mock Trial?

Mock Trial is a competitive event wherein students simulate a real trial.  The trial concerns an official AMTA case that remains the same through the entire academic year.  The case alternates between a civil and a criminal case every year. The case is entirely fictional, taking place in the fictional state of Midlands.  Teams consist of 6-10 members, but only 6 compete at any given time—3 attorneys and 3 witnesses.  Teams must prepare both sides of the case (prosecution/plaintiff and defense) for every competition.  This means that any given person could have two roles as an attorney for the plaintiff and an attorney for the defense, an attorney for one side of the case and a witness for the other, or a witness for both sides of the case.

At each tournament there are four rounds.  In each round you compete only one side of your case meaning you will act as prosecution/plaintiff or defense.  A trial consists of opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations, and closing statements.  All of these are prepared prior to trial. In addition, attorneys must also learn how to object using the Midlands Rules of Evidence.  During rounds, the judges score attorneys and witnesses on a scale of 1 to 10.  The team that has the most points at the end of a round wins that round.  At the end of four rounds, scores are tabulated and the winners are announced.

 
tryout packet
 
email for a tryout: mock-trial@mail.ufl.edu
 
new member survey
 

Auditions

At the beginning of each fall semester, the Litigators host try-outs for any interested members.  Try-outs are open to all students of all majors!  The try-outs are at the beginning of each semester because Mock Trial is a year-round organization and the same case is used to compete throughout the entire year.  Our informational meetings will be held on:

Tuesday, AUGUST 27, 2013 at 7:30PM @ Matthews Suite in Reitz Union  Wednesday, AUGUST 28, 2013 at 7:30PM @ 2nd Floor Auditorium in Reitz Union

These meetings are designed to give you an idea of what mock trial is about if you have not competed before or give you any information you will need if you are interested in joining the team. The try-out package and dates will be made available at these meetings so it is encouraged that you attend!

Students are not expected to be trial experts before auditioning, nor are you required to know the Midlands Rules of Evidence until you become a member.  You will learn these skills throughout the year.  At the audition you will be required to perform two acts depending on which role you are trying out for.  As an attorney, you must give an opening and perform a cross-examination on one of our team members.  As a witness, you must memorize the direct examination to the best of your ability and prepare to be cross-examined by one of our members.  When signing up for a try-out date you will be assigned a mentor, who is a member of the team, to guide you along the process of preparing for the audition. The try-out package can be found here.

If you have any additional questions regarding auditions, please email the President Charlene Ochogo at cpochogo@ufl.edu