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. For the 2017-18 season, we are the 13th ranked program in the country out of over 350 schools, with our A Team ranked 15th and our B Team ranked 76th (12th among "B" Teams) out of over 650 teams.
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.
4/25/17 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial for finishing in twelfth place with a 6-6 record (and the hardest schedule) in the Corey J. Wlodarczyk Division at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament! Special shout out to Michael Corrado (top ranked witness in the tournament) and Nilofar Rahimzadeh for their All-American Witness Awards! Another great season in the books. We can't wait to get started again in the fall!
3/20/17 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in sixth place and advancing to the National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles, California and to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in a tie for ninth place! Special shout out to Nadine Moukdad for her Outstanding Attorney Award and Nilofar Rahimzadeh for her Outstanding Witness Award! Next stop: LA!!!
2/27/17 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in FIRST place with a perfect 8-0 record at the Boston Regionals! Special shout out to Michael Corrado and Nilofar Rahimzadeh for their Outstanding Witness Awards and to Nadine Moukdad for her TWO Outstanding Attorney Awards!
2/13/17 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in fourth place with a 6-1-1 record at the New York Regionals! Special shout out to Rosanna Corrado and Sam Denholtz for their Outstanding Attorney Awards!