Mock Trial TeamWhat is mock trial?
The American Mock Trial Association
provides undergraduate students with an opportunity to learn first-hand about the work of trial attorneys, to understand the judicial system, to develop critical thinking ability, and to enhance communication skills. In teams of 6-10 competitors, students prepare a criminal or civil case using materials provided by the national association and play the roles of witnesses and attorneys. Students must be well-versed in the laws of evidence and the rules of courtroom procedure to compete effectively. Competitions typically begin in November and continue through the spring, ending with the three AMTA national tournaments in late March and early April.
How many tournaments do we compete in?
HBU teams typically attend 2 tournaments in the Fall and 2 in the Spring (depending upon budget and qualifications for nationals). HBU will also host the Houston Invitational Tournament (November 30 – December 2, 2012).
Will I receive course credit for participating?
All HBU team members can receive credit hours for enrolling in the Forensics Worship course.
Are Grants in Aid available?
Yes. Grants in aid are available and will be awarded based on availability and performance.
How much work is required?
The Mock Trial team meets twice a week for two-and-a-half hours in each session. In addition, students must practice outside of class, attend monthly weekend/evening scrimmages and attend tournaments. Students should be prepared to spend extra time practicing right before tournaments.
What expenses are covered?
The University provides a budget for the program, covering transportation, meals, lodging and fees.
Will Mock Trial help me get into law school?
The most important factors in determining whether you get into law school are your GPA and your LSAT score. Mock Trial cannot compensate for a weak academic record. However, law schools understand that students with a mock trial background are a step ahead in terms of knowledge of legal rules and procedures, communication skills, and critical-thinking ability. Some law schools offer scholarships to students who receive individual recognition at the national level. Trial advocacy programs particularly value mock trial experience.
Is Mock Trial helpful to students who do not want to go to law school?
Absolutely. Mock Trial improves critical thinking, communication abilities, and teamwork skills. Students learn to adapt to changing circumstances, to integrate new or unexpected facts into an existing case theory, to be articulate and poised under pressure, and to work with other students as members of a team. These skills are useful in virtually every profession and graduate program, and are highly valued by potential employers.
How do I get involved?
To get involved in Mock Trial at HBU, contact Derrick Owens by email (firstname.lastname@example.org
). Interest meetings will be held September 12th and 13th at 6:30 pm in UAC 122.