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Fordham Lincoln Center ("Fordham LC") Mock Trial is a nationally ranked, competitive extracurricular activity open to all Fordham College at Lincoln Center and Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center undergraduate students.  Over the last four years, Fordham LC Mock Trial has ranked as high as 15th and no lower than 40th out of over 700 mock trial teams in the country.  Fordham LC is also one of only 25 schools (out of over 350) to qualify a team to Nationals in three out of the last four seasons.
 
Each year, the American Mock Trial Association provides a case problem based on a criminal indictment or civil lawsuit.  Fordham LC 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, we compete at invitational tournaments in the fall semester, as well as invitational, regional and national tournaments in the spring semester.  
 
Tournaments usually consist of four rounds.  In each round, two teams compete against one another in a trial format (Prosecution/Plaintiff v. Defense) and each team consists of three attorneys and three 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 a particular judge's ballot wins that ballot.  A team’s overall tournament placement is determined by its ballot count after four rounds.
 
Recent News

 
 
2/17/20  Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in Third Place with a 7-1 record and to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in Fourth Place with a 6-2 record at the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament in Williambsurg, VA this past weekend!  Special shout out to Evan Donaldson, Amanda Tyson, Arpitha Gorur (x2) and Travis Knoppert for their Outstanding Attorney Awards and Ava Wiener, Anna Nowalk and Jamie Haas for their Outstanding Witness Awards!  They collectively set a new program record with 8 individual awards at a single tournament!  On to ORCS in Lancaster, PA!
 
1/19/20  Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in First Place once again with a 7-1 record at Columbia University's Big Apple Invitational Tournament this past weekend!  Special shout out to Amelia Browne and Evan Donaldson for their Outstanding Attorney Awards and to Charlie Friedlander and Travis Knoppert for their Outstanding Witness Awards! 
 
12/9/19  Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in First Place with an 8-0 record in Division 1 and to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in Ninth Place with a 4-3-1 record in Division 2 at Yale University's invitational tournament this past weekend!  Special shout out to Jaaee Nadkarni for her Outstanding Witness Award!  That's a wrap on one of our strongest fall seasons ever.  Our unstacked A  Team went 21-2-1 with a First Place finish and two Second Place finishes and our unstacked B Team went 16-7-1 with a Fourth Place finish, a Fifth Place finish and a Ninth Place finish.  Looking forward to the spring season.
 
11/24/19  Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in Second Place with a 7-1 record and to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in Fourth Place with a 6-2 record at Fordham Rose Hill's invitational tournament this past weekend!  Special shout out to Elizabeth Weinman for her Outstanding Attorney Award and to Jaaee Nadkarni for her Outstanding Witness Award! 
 
11/11/19  Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in Fifth Place with a 6-2 record at Haverford's Black Squirrel Tournament this past weekend!  Special shout out to Evan Donaldson for his Outstanding Attorney Award and to Jamie Haas for her Outstanding Witness Award!  Somehow, we also took home the Spirit of AMTA Award.
 
11/4/19  Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in Second Place with a 6-1-1 record at the Tufts University Mumbo Jumbo this past weekend!  Special shout out to Amelia Browne, Elizabeth Weinman and Travis Knoppert for their Outstanding Attorney Awards and to Ava Wiener for winning an Outstanding Witness Award at her very first mock trial tournament!
 
 
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