Join Maryland Mock Trial

Thank you for your interest in joining the Maryland Mock Trial Program. We are currently looking for new students to join the team for the 2019-20 school year.

How do I join?

To join, read the information below to learn what we’re all about and then fill out the Maryland Mock Trial Interest Form.

Who can join?

Maryland Mock Trial is open to any current UMD undergraduate student regardless of his or her major, year, or experience level. We’re looking for hardworking students who can think on their feet, have a competitive drive to win, and have an interest or talent in public speaking, acting, performance, debate, or law.

What are the Mock Trial courses?

The Mock Trial Program includes co-curricular courses that provide academic credit for being a member of the mock trial team. The courses are designed to introduce students to the key principles of trial advocacy through experiential learning and to prepare them for intercollegiate competitions sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). The emphasis of the course will be on learning through student participation in exercises and trials as well as the observation and analyses of other students’ performances. Through engaging in competition with classmates and teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills as well as knowledge of legal practices and procedures.

Which course can I register for? 

The first course is GVPT217, which you can register for course during the fall semester. In the spring semester, you will be able to earn three additional credits for GVPT317. Mock Trial is offered as the following courses:

GVPT217 (PermReq): Mock Trial: Introduction to Trial Advocacy (3 credits) [Fall only]

GVPT317 (PermReq): Advanced Trial Advocacy (3 credits) [Spring only]

GVPT388M (PermReq): Topical Investigations: Mock Trial (1 credit) [Fall & Spring]

Note: After completion of GVPT217 & GVPT317, returning students can receive one credit per semester for GVPT388M

Are there tryouts?

Yes and no. Maryland Mock Trial works hard to accommodate students of all skill levels and strive to support every student willing to dedicate the time necessary to learning helping the team win. With that said, even with our large program, attorney and witness roles are finite. As a result, “tryouts” and evaluations occur throughout the year to determine which students will earn attorney and witness roles on our teams.

How can I get more information?

Please contact us with any and all questions you have about the program or mock trial in general.