The University of Minnesota Undergraduate Mock Trial Association is a student organization that competes in intercollegiate mock trial competitions. Each year, students receive a packet of case materials from the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) and prepare a presentation of both sides of the issue. Students then travel around the state, region, and country competing against other colleges in tournaments. The activity is an excellent avenue to develop public speaking, critical thinking, and teamwork skills. In addition, students have the opportunity to network with legal professionals in the area and other highly motivated students.
Each trial consists of a prosecution team from one college and a defense team from another. A few minutes before each round, the team captains meet and select witnesses from a pool of possibilities, weighing the pros and cons of each option. Teams then finish last minute preparations and begin the trial. Some students perform as attorneys, and are scored on their ability to make arguments, question witnesses, and respond to changing circumstances in the trial. Other students are scored as witnesses, and are responsible for bringing one of the witnesses from the case to life. As the tournament progresses, teams rise and fall in the rankings based on the scores they receive from judges. At the end of each tournament, the final standings are calculated and a winner is announced.
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Seeking New Members
Mock Trial has ended its competetive season for 2017-18. Auditions for next year's competetive teams will be held in September, with information sessions to be held prior to these dates. More detailed information and an audition packet will be made available closer to try-outs. If you have any questions, please contact Vice President Caleb Brady.
We are also looking for any practicing attorneys or sitting judges who would like to volunteer in an advisory or instructional capacity to better our organization by informing our members about the facets of law or assisting their career planning.
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