Mock Trial is a competitive extracurricular activity open to all FCLC undergraduates. Each year, the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) provides a case problem based on a criminal charge or civil suit. FCLC Mock Trial members work together, as attorneys and/or witnesses, to draft direct and cross examinations, develop opening statements and closing arguments, craft trial strategies, create engaging witness personas, and practice oral performance. With the guidance of the coaching staff comprised of lawyers and law students, our students compete at invitationals, as well as regional and national tournaments throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.
Tournaments usually consist of 4 trial rounds.. Two teams compete against one another in each trial (Prosecution/Plaintiff v. Defense) and each team consists of 3 attorneys and 3 witnesses. A panel of judges (usually 2 – 3) observe each round and score each attorney and witness. The team with the highest combined score on the judges’ ballots wins the round. Tournaments usually consist of 4 such rounds and a team’s overall tournament placement is determined by its ballot count after four rounds