Texas Mock Trial was founded in 1991 by some enterprising UT students. Twenty-five years later, UT has one of the most competitive programs in the country.
Q: What is mock trial?
A: Mock trial is a debate activity in which members of a 6-14 person team get a nationally released case from The American Mock Trial Association and compete in a courtroom setting. UT usually has two to three teams, depending on the year. Teams will prepare both sides of a case: prosecution/plaintiff and defense. Teams then travel to tournaments around the country to compete. Tournaments usually last a full weekend with either a set up of one round Friday/two Saturday/one Sunday or with two Saturday/two Sunday rounds.
Q: What is a mock trial round like?
A: A round consists of both sides of a case giving opening statements, three witness directs, three witness cross examinations, and closing arguments. These rounds last about three hours each.
Q: Will I get to be an attorney if I join Texas Mock Trial?
A: YES! Everyone who competes with us will get to play the parts of both attorney and witness.
Q: How do I join Texas Mock Trial?
A: Every fall we hold tryouts for new members. To learn more about tryouts, you can attend one of our info sessions in September. Check out our Recruitment page for more information!