A Mock Trial club is a co-curricular activity that bringing together students to participate in mock trial competitions against other colleges and universities. The Mock Trial Club is not just for students who hope to attend law school and prepare for a career as a lawyer. It also provides a valuable opportunity for any student that wants to learn the critical thinking and communication skills necessary to be successful in any career.
The Mock Trial Club exists to provide students an opportunity to gain practice in high-pressure situations where they are required to think on their feet, improvise, and make compelling presentations.
The actual mock trial is a simulated court case that offers a “real life” element to training. It is conducted in a courtroom environment where three people play the role of witnesses, two people play the role of the Judge and Court Officer, and the remainder of the participants from the jury.
Each case will highlight typical practical and legal failings experienced by most organisations in real life. The simulation gives participants insight into what may happen if your organisation must front up to court due to negligence. The session aims to:
• Identify potential risks including gaps in systems and processes;
• Reflect on cultural vulnerabilities;
• Highlight opportunities for continuous improvement; and
• Showcase how laws are practically interpreted and the effect this can have on your organisation.
For more information visit the official American Mock Trial Association website here.
Not overly competitive because it is relatively straightforward to bring a mock trial program to one's school.
To compete in the American Mock Trial Association, there is a $6.00 fee per team per trial for the tournament.
An interest in learning about the courtroom experience.
Communication, verbal and thinking skills.
A one off event occuring once a year.
A teacher sponsor is needed and a minimum of eight students who want to learn about the American legal system. You will also need time. The competition requires participants to practice roles, learn about legal concepts and create persuasive arguments.