FCLC Mock Trial


What is Mock Trial?

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.


Recent News


Congratulations to both FCLC teams for their performances at Regionals over the weekend! This weekend marked the first time in FCLC mock trial history that two teams earned a bid to ORCS. Team Atticus Finch had a record of 6-2 and Team Matlock had a record of 7 1/2-0. We had multiple students take home individual awards: Rose Lyn, Bianca Bernardi, and Jennifer Beall for Outstanding Attorney and Bianca Bernardi, Sam Denholtz, and Rosanna Corrado for Outstanding Witness. We're looking forward to competing at ORCS in Philadelphia in March!


Congratulations to both FCLC teams for successfully competing in competitions over the weekend! Team Matlock took fourth place at Georgetown's Hill Top competition with a record of 6-2. Team Atticus Finch competed at Cornell University's BRIC competition with a score of 4-4, earning individual awards for Sam Denholtz as an attorney and Bianca Bernardi as a witness. Both teams are looking forward to competing in regionals at Yale in February. 


Congratulations to both FCLC teams who competed this weekend! Team Atticus Finch had a successful 5-3 record at the Guardian Invitational, coming in 5th place. Nuwani Irizarry won an outstanding attorney award. Team Mattlock came in 7th place at the CUBAIT invitation with a record of 5-3. Competition season is off to a great start!


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