JOIN THE TEAM
Become a member of one of the most successful groups on campus.
Are you a UTC student with an interest in law, acting, or public speaking? When you join Mock Trial, you'll travel across the country to fun cities, develop presentation skills crucial to your future career, and make lifelong friends.
UTC Mock Trial is a nationally recognized program–in the 2016- 2017 season, we achieved 3 top-3 tournament finishes, 8 individual awards, and a showing at the National Championship Tournament for the first time in school history. We followed that up in 2017-2018 with 5 team trophies, 12 individual awards, and a back-to-back return to Nationals. In 2018-2019, we earned multiple bids to super regionals, 13 individual awards, and 2 top-3 tournament finishes.
Auditions happen in August and early September, right after school starts. To get on our list, fill out the contact form.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to be a competitor on a mock trial team?
You'll learn the ins and outs of a legal case, complete with witness statements, court exhibits, motions, and case law. We'll teach you how to act, how to argue objections, how to speak with confidence, and how to persuasively make your case before a panel of judges at each of the 5-7 tournaments we attend every year.
What's the time commitment?
Students on the team participate as attorneys, witnesses, or both, and your roles may change over the course of the year depending on your interests and the needs of the team. You can expect this extracurricular activity to be a significant time obligation, but having different role options with varying levels of work means we can work with you to make sure mock trial fits into your busy schedule. Generally, we have 2 squads consisting of 6-10 people, and each squad practices twice a week for approximately two hours each practice. Practice times are set with your schedule in mind, so we can work around night classes or jobs. More practices will be expected in the week leading up to a tournament weekend. You can expect to travel 3-4 times each semester; you will be excused from any Friday classes you are required to miss due to our travel. Mock trial is a year-long activity, so if you try out please be prepared to participate in both the fall and spring semesters.
What are some of the perks of competing?
Mock trial takes you to some awesome places throughout the year. In 2017, the team traveled to Los Angeles for the National Championship Tournament. Other tournament destinations include Atlanta, Pensacola, Raleigh, Memphis, and Columbus. Hotel and travel expenses are covered by the program. You'll also pick up public speaking and presentation skills that are invaluable, no matter what your future career might be. For those of you interested in law school, joining the team means you'll have lots of interaction with pre-law upperclassmen, practicing attorneys, and judges to help you gain more exposure to the legal world. (But remember, being pre-law is not a requirement, and we have plenty of other majors and disciplines represented on the team.) In addition, because the university recognizes how hard we work, participating in mock trial can make you eligible for one academic credit hour each semester. Talk to us about this if you're interested in learning more. Finally, joining mock trial means you're joining a family - we learn together, travel together, work together, and spend way too much time together.
I've never done mock trial before. Is that a problem?
Nope, not a problem. While some of our competitors competed in mock trial or other public speaking competitions in high school, prior experience is not a prerequisite. We'll teach you everything you need to know.
Anything else I should know?
To help subsidize the costs of running the program, we'll ask competing members to pay dues each semester, with amounts to be determined (approximately $50). We don't want that to be a deterrent to anyone's participation in the program, though, so talk to us if this is a concern and we will definitely work with you.
OK, I want to audition. What do I do?
Great, there's 3 steps. First, attend an interest meeting to meet us in person. Second, sign up for a 15-minute audition timeslot via this link. Third, review the audition packet that we send to you. Show up 5-10 minutes before your audition time for final instructions, and if you have questions, contact us!