On-Campus Fall Mock Trial Competition

2L/3L On-Campus Mock Trial Competition – October 19th, 2019


Who can Participate?

  • ONLY 2Ls/3Es and 3Ls/4Es can compete–they may also serve as a bailiff or witness.
  • Any 1L/2E can volunteer to be a witness or bailiff.

What is the competition format?

  • The competition will be a “Top-Gun” style competition, which will focus on four of the basic elements of a jury trial: opening, direct, cross, and closing. Each team will consist of two members, and will choose two of the four parts of the trial to perform in the rotation. Each advocate must (1) either an opening or a close; and (2) either the direct or the cross. The same advocate may not present both statements and both examinations.
  • Each element will be broken up into a separate room, with the exception of direct and cross, which will occur in the same room. Each competitor will have ten minutes to perform the element of that room. After fifteen minutes, competitors will rotate into the next room.
  • Because competitors will rotate through all of the rooms simultaneously, a competitor’s progression through the rooms may not match the conventional order of a trial. For example, one competitor may start with cross, and then move through the rotation all the way through direct.

Do you have a copy of the Advocate Education Series Powerpoint? 

  • Yep! Thank you, Tyler Eaton, for volunteering your time for our series. Open that AES document Here.

Competition Signup Form


Should you have any questions, please contact Kelly Neal (klneal@smu.edu) or Trent Koen (tkoen@smu.edu).

The Team Registration Form can be found below. It will begin accepting submissions for this tournament on 5:00 PM CST Tuesday, October 8, 2019.

2L/3L Moot Court Competition Sign-Up Link