In Mock Trial, students are put onto teams that work together to litigate a trial case. Mock Trial competitions are an excellent way to distinguish your resume, to network, and to learn litigation skills used in real-world practice. Graduates of mock trial are now working as judicial law clerks, prosecutors, public defenders, judges, and litigators in private firms, among others.
There are two mock trial competitions. Participation per competition is worth two credits.
The time frame for involvement is from mid-December to March/April. There is no brief-writing and there is only one case per competition that you need to know. The time commitment does involve some weekday meetings and practices on weekends.
Tryouts will be held October 12, 19, and 26 from 9am-12pm.
October 12 tryouts will be in room 217.
October 19 tryouts will be in room 205.
October 26 tryouts will be in room 155.
Register for a time slot here: https://doodle.com/poll/5mas4vtfbs6aedt7
For the tryout, you will need to do two things:
1. Give an opening statement (approx. 4 minutes) and a cross examination (no longer than 8 minutes). Use the fact pattern of the Mullen v. Hale case. You may pick either side.
2. Send Judge McCollum a short statement (1 page max.) about why you want to join Mock Trial and include whether you have any performance experience, such as advanced advocacy class, undergrad mock trial, speech, debate, acting, etc…
If you have questions, or need a copy of the case and Judge McCollum’s e-mail, please feel free to contact Valerie at Valerie.Narcy@mitchellhamline.edu