UMBC Mock Trial
UMBC Mock Trial is ready for a new season!
Friday, September 15, 2017 · Noon - 12:50 PM
Welcome back, Retrievers! UMBC Mock Trial is ready for a new season and we are looking for people to join our ranks. Join us for any of our informational sessions to learn more about what our program does and how you can be a part of it!
The UMBC Mock Trial Program is nationally ranked by the American Mock Trial Association and has competed at the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) three years in a row ('15, '16, '17). Last year ('17) was the first year UMBC Mock Trial sent two teams to ORCS, and one team to the National Championship Tournament.
Each academic school year, we receive case materials to prepare for invitational tournaments hosted at various universities throughout the academic school year and the AMTA sponsored playoff tournaments in the spring semester. Each team may consist of up to 10 members who will play at least one role on either the side of the defense or the side of the prosecution/plaintiff (for criminal/civil cases respectively). The primary roles in Mock Trial are witness and attorney. There are various types of witnesses presented in each case -- character witnesses tend to be involved in the incident and testify in the capacity of what they have witnessed while expert witnesses analyze the facts of the case scientifically to provide a conclusion based on their knowledge, education, and professional experience.
Mock Trial is a wonderful experience for students of all majors. Practices and competitions allow students to develop various skills including public speaking, critical thinking, and improvisation. We travel to some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including Yale, Cornell, and Georgetown! These are perfect opportunities to make friends and bond with the people you work with. If you're interested in learning more, please attend one of our info sessions.