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.

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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.
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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.