What is Mock Trial?
Mock Trial is a competitive public speaking event which simulates a jury trial, with competitors acting as either attorneys or witnesses. Doing mock trial will help students develop public speaking and courtroom advocacy skills. Many students who are interested in attending law school are active on this team, but we are open to everyone (all majors and disciplines) regardless of whether or not you are interested in going to law school.
At tournaments, we have 4 rounds of competition where we compete as the Prosecution and the Defense. In these rounds, some students play "mock" attorneys and some play "mock" witnesses. Attorneys give opening statements, direct examine a witness, cross examine a witness, and give closing arguments. Witnesses play characters that are directed and cross examined by attorneys.
Who we are
We are a student-run organization at the University of Kansas. We attend tournaments across the country simulating real trials and acting as lawyers and witnesses. Like this page for updates on our progress and to learn more about joining the team.