UMBC Mock Trial advances to Opening Round Championship Series

For the third season in a row, UMBC Mock Trial has advanced to the Opening Round Championship Series! Teams advance to the second round of American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) playoffs, also known as ORCS, through a series of “bids” earned at Regional tournaments across the nation. Less than one-third of teams nationwide advance to the Championship level of competition.

On February 18 & 19, both UMBC teams were in action at the Baltimore Regional, hosted at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Both teams finished with a record of 5-3, and both teams will be advancing to ORCS! UMBC Mock Trial is one of only two programs in the state of Maryland to advance to ORCS for three consecutive seasons.

UMBC’s B Team earned their first ever bid to ORCS with a record of 5-3, including a sweep of Washington Adventist and ballot splits with Rutgers A, Maryland B and Bucknell A.
UMBC’s A Team also earned a record of 5-3, with ballot sweeps of Fairleigh Dickinson and Monmouth, but narrowly missed an ORCS bid due to strength of schedule. UMBC A accepted an “open bid” to ORCS soon after the competition ended!

UMBC’s A and B Teams will compete at ORCS on March 25th & 26, 2017, in Wilmington, Delaware, at the Widener University Delaware School of Law. Both teams will be competing for one of 48 spots in the National Championship Tournament.

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