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F&M Mock Trial Team

The Franklin & Marshall College Mock Trial Team provides an opportunity for students of all academic backgrounds and pursuits to develop critical thinking, analytical, and public speaking skills while working with a team and advancing their understanding of trial advocacy techniques.  For students considering law school, mock trial is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the realities of trial work while building a firm grasp of the rules of evidence and trial advocacy techniques; the skills developed through mock trial participation, however, are transferable to many fields beyond the law.

The F&M Mock Trial Team competes against other elite college teams at an invitational tournament during the Fall Semester and in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) competition during the spring semester.  Regional Tournaments take place in February; the top seven (7) teams from each region advance to an Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) in March.  The top six (6) teams from each ORCS receive a bid to the National Championship in April.

The competitions themselves are simulated criminal or civil trials in which students assume witness or attorney roles.  Students will learn how to argue a case, examine and cross-examine witnesses, succeed in a rigorous courtroom environment, and identify and capitalize upon each team member's individual talents.  Case materials become available in August, and the team works over the course of the year to prepare cases behalf of the plaintiff and defense.  Invitational tournaments typically utlize the AMTA case materials, so the tournaments are an excellent way to prepare for the AMTA competition.

Join us for an Information Session:

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm

LSP 257