At the University of Maryland, mock trial is not only a competitive team but also a co-curricular program with courses offered by the Department of Government & Politics. Undergraduate students from any major and in any year of their studies, including incoming freshmen, are eligible to join the Maryland Mock Trial Program.
Coached by law professors and practicing attorneys, many of whom are former Maryland mockers, students who join the Maryland Mock Trial Program develop skills that are useful in any profession, not just future legal careers. Students will learn to communicate with confidence, think on their feet, argue persuasively, and become compelling storytellers.
Each year, Maryland Mock Trial is comprised of five or six teams, allowing the program to accept students of varying skill and experience levels. Each team consists of seven to ten students that play the roles of attorneys and witnesses in a fictional court case created by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).
In the fall, teams attend invitational tournaments hosted by colleges and universities around the nation. In the spring, teams compete in AMTA’s Regional and Opening Round Championship tournaments to qualify for the National Championship Tournament. Maryland Mock Trial has won five national championships, which is more than any other school in the country.
Because our goal is to compete at the highest level and win our sixth national championship, it is important to know that being a member of the program requires a substantial time commitment. Participation includes weekly practices, in the form of practice trials, as well as team meetings to prepare for those trials. Teams preparing for tournaments typically have practice trials on Wednesday evenings and Sundays during the day while development teams may only have practice trials once a week. Though the time commitment may be daunting, many students find mock trial to be the most rewarding academic experience they have at Maryland.
Don’t know anything about mock trial? Don’t worry. We’ll teach you everything you need to know. Every year, we have students join the program with little to no mock trial experience who become award-winning attorneys and witnesses.
Join us as we work towards our sixth national championship during the 2019-2020 season! Click here for more information about joining the tradition of Maryland Mock Trial.
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