Mock Trial Team

What is Mock Trial?
Mock Trial is a competition in which 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 six to ten members, but only six compete at any given time – 3 attorneys and 3 witnesses. These six people will go against six other people from a different university. Teams must prepare both sides of the case (prosecution/plaintiff and defense) for every competition.

HBU Mock Trial is a student organization that teaches the basics of trial courts. Students can participate as either witnesses or lawyers. Participants learn to prepare and deliver opening and closing statements, direct cross examinations and learn how to argue objections. Students are coached by HBU faculty members and local attorneys.

How many tournaments do we compete in?
HBU teams typically attend tournaments across the country in the fall and spring.

Will I receive course credit for participating?
All HBU team members can receive credit hours for enrolling in the Forensics Worship course.

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 scheduled weekend scrimmages and attend tournaments.

What expenses are covered?
The University provides a budget for the program, covering transportation, meals, lodging and fees.

Who can participate?
Mock Trial is open to students of all majors.

…If you are interested in attending law school, this is clearly a great fit!

…If you want to hone your public speaking skills, we do that too!

…If “Law and Order” is your favorite show, you can play a cop and an attorney in the same weekend!

…If you like acting and playing a character, every tournament is an opportunity to win a witness award (how often do you get trophies for being in a play?)

…If you just like being on a competitive team and going home with hardware, step right up!

How can Mock Trial help me reach my academic and professional goals?
Want to learn more about the transferable skills you will gain through participating in Mock Trial? Read our student testimonials!

How do I get involved?
To get involved in Mock Trial at HBU, contact Ms. Samantha Hasbell, HBU Mock Trial coach, at shasbell@hbu.edu.