What is Mock Trial, you ask?
Essentially, Mock Trial is a combination of public speaking,
debate, and acting. At the beginning of every academic year, we are
presented with a new case. It is our job, as attorneys and
witnesses, to develop a strategy for both sides of the case and
present it to a judge or several judges. We present our cases in
the style of a mock courtroom against an opposing team from another
university. We develop theories about the case, explore characters
of witnesses, and try to anticipate what other teams could bring
against us. It's funsies. For your reading
Tell me a little about Mock Trial at
We are CMU's only competitive public speaking and debate
program (and proud of it). We have three teams that travel to
tournaments and compete against other schools. We're also a proud
member of the American
Mock Trial Association, the governing organization for the
college circuit of Mock Trial. We are largely self-run and
self-coached, so every team member contributes heavily to all
aspects of case development. Most of us are pretty cool, so come by
a meeting to get to know a little more about us and the
I've never done Mock Trial before, but I'm interested in
Speech and Debate, MUN, Moot Court, etc.
Sorry, buddy, but we're the only competitive public speaking
organization on campus. So you're stuck with us. But, never fear, because Mock Trial
incorporates a lot of elements from other public speaking or debate
organizations that you may have participated in during High
What kind of a time committment is it?
Truth be told, Mock Trial is probably one of the more
time-consuming clubs at CMU. We expect at least three meetings a
week, and each meeting typically lasts 2-3 hours. Depending on your
team and its captains, this can vary. The weeks before tournaments
are generally more packed than other weeks, but, again, to varying
I'm not really interested in becoming a lawyer, but Mock
Trial sounds interesting.
Never fear! At a school like CMU that's filled with techy,
sciencey, and artsy people, it's no surprise that many of the
people involved with Mock Trial have not been, are not, and likely
never will be interested in becoming a lawyer. Our teams are
littered with students studying Computer Science, Creative Writing, Engineering,
Physics, Math, and Music. Whoever you are, if you're interested in
what we do, you'll fit right in.
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any questions, comments, or concerns.