For students interested in litigation, Mock Trial is an invaluable opportunity to develop skills that other courses cannot provide. Mock Trial team members are selected after competitive tryouts in the Spring.


About the classroom experience

Practice trial advocacy

In Mock Trial, members learn by doing. They hone their skills by creating their own direct and cross examinations, opening statements, closing arguments, and get first-hand advice from practicing attorneys.

See the Rules of Evidence in action

Students learn the basics of evidence and put their knowledge into practice. Learn when to object and how to do so persuasively. You do not have to take Evidence before joining Mock Trial.


Mock Trial Activities


Each year, Mock Trial members either compete or participate as alternates in one of several competitions. Competitions encompass a variety of legal topics; however, expertise in specialized fields is not required. Recently, our team competed in several competitions across the country.


If you have any further questions about Mock Trial, please contact our Mock Trial President, Conrad Long, or the director of the Mock Trial program, Kim Peterson. You can also stop by the Mock Trial office throughout the week [Room: 3244] and learn more!


Why join Mock Trial?

Develop your skills

The skills you will acquire as a Mock Trial member simply cannot be replicated in law school. Become more confident and poised. Hone your public speaking and advocacy skills. What you learn here translates far beyond the courtroom.

Enhance your résumé

Show your employers that your public speaking and oral communication skills are second to none!  Talk to current members about how Mock Trial has helped them find their jobs.

Work with experienced students and attorneys

Mock Trial provides a fantastic opportunity to learn from your peers and enjoy a collaborative environment. As an added bonus, all of our competitive team coaches are either still practicing law or recently began teaching after highly successful litigation careers. As a result, their advice is on point and up to date.

Get credit

2Ls and 3Ls are eligible to receive 3 credits (pass/fail) during a semester in which they compete externally and during their first semester in Trial Advocacy. Members receive 1 credit for competing in the internal competition or the Sconnie Scrimmage against Marquette.  


Become a Member of Mock Trial

Mock Trial is a competitive trial advocacy program.  Team members are chosen after a competitive tryout and they are trained in the art of trial level litigation in a three-credit course. Outstanding team members have the opportunity to try a case against mock trial teams from other law schools in competitions across the nation. The cases encompass a range of topics in both civil and criminal areas. The teams are coached by experienced local attorneys and judges.

Tryouts for Mock Trial take place early in the spring semester . The tryout process requires students to present a five- to ten-minute closing argument in front of a panel of judges. The closing argument is based on a case file with all the necessary information. 

If you have any questions regarding tryouts, please contact Mock Trial Vice Presidents of Membership, Sam Gordon and Tamara Hyman.

For Alumni

UW Mock Trial has an alumni network full of attorneys who are dedicated to helping the Program and its members. If you are interested in getting involved, please reach out to our VP of Outreach, Kim Bennett, or our faculty advisor, Kim Peterson

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