I'm so glad you asked! Allow me to explain.
Collegiate mock trial programs compete across the country as part of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Every August, AMTA releases a case that contains witness statements and pieces of evidence. Teams spend almost the entire school year analyzing this case, writing material, and polishing their presentation.
A mock trial round consists of opening statements, a Plaintiff Case-In-Chief with three witnesses, a Defense Case-In-Chief with three witnesses, and closing arguments.
Judges fill out ballots throughout the trial that rank each part from 1-10. You will score each opening/closing statement, each directing attorney, each crossing attorney, and the witness for the demeanor on direct examination and cross-examination. There will also be sections available for you to leave comments for the attorneys/witnesses about their performance, things you liked or didn't like.
There will be an opportunity to speak with the two teams after the trial is completed where you can tell them about yourself and give them notes on how they did directly to them as well.
This year, we will be arguing a civil case regarding a plane crash!
Click here to learn more about collegiate mock trial and the American Mock Trial Association
The American Mock Trial Association plans to release this year's civil case by August 15th. Click here to read Felder v. Koller Campbell Air, LLC