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 2016-17 season, we are the 13th ranked program in the country out of over 350 schools, with our A Team ranked 23rd and our B Team ranked 71st 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.
11/21/16 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in fourth place with a 6-2 record at Cornell's Big Red Invitational Classic Tournament this past weekend. Special shout out to Vincent Kappel for his second Outstanding Attorney Award with perfect ranks this semester!
11/7/16 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in fourth place with a 6-2 record at Tufts' Mumbo Jumbo Tournament this past weekend. Special shout out to Nilofar Rahimzadeh(abcdefghijklmnop) for her Outstanding Attorney Award and Lydia Culp for her Outstanding Attorney AND Outstanding Witness Award!
4/18/16 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial for finishing in SIXTH place with a 10-5-5 record in the Kirkland & Ellis Division (which was tied for NINTH place overall) at the American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament! Special shout out to Neilab Rahimzada for her All-American Attorney Award and Sandra Jovic for her All-American Witness Award! It was an amazing, historic season for our program and we can't wait to get back at it starting in the fall!
3/21/16 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in FOURTH place with a 6-1-1 record and advancing to the National Championships, and to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in seventh place with a 5-3 record (and just one spot and one point shy of also advancing) at the Opening Round Championship Series! Special shout out to Sam Denholtz for his Outstanding Attorney Award and to Lydia Culp for her Outstanding Witness Award.
2/8/16 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in FIRST place with an 8-0 record and to Fordham LC Mock Trial B for finishing in THIRD place with a 7-1 record at Regionals! Special shout out to Sam Denholtz, Nadine Moukdad and Neilab Rahimzada for their Outstanding Attorney Awards and to Sandra Jovic for her Outstanding Witness Award.
2/1/16 Congratulations to Fordham LC Mock Trial A for finishing in FIRST place with a 7-1 record at Georgetown's Hilltop Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Special shout out to Rosanna Corrado for her Outstanding Attorney Award. Next up: Regionals!