The UMBC Mock Trial Program began competing with the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) during the 2011-12 season. In 2017, the program earned its first ever bid to the National Championship Tournament – the only team in the state of Maryland to advance to the 2017 NCT. At the 2017 DTLA National Championship in Los Angeles, California, the program added its first ever All-American awards, becoming one of only four teams in their division to win an All-American Attorney and All-American Witness award.
In 2012-13, the UMBC Mock Trial program expanded to add a B team. In 2015, UMBC’s A team earned their first bid to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) out of the Baltimore Regional. The A team returned to ORCS in 2016 with their second consecutive bid out of Baltimore. In 2017, both the A and B teams advanced to ORCS, with the B team earning a bid and the A team accepting an open bid. UMBC is one of only two schools in the state of Maryland to advance out of Regionals the last three seasons.
On campus, UMBC Mock Trial has emerged as UMBC’s premiere academic sport organization. Members of Mock Trial are leaders in the Pre-Law Society, the Shriver Center, Student Health Services, Student Government, the Career Center, and numerous other organizations and entities. Our members come from a litany of diverse backgrounds and are pursuing many different majors, from history or political science to biochemistry and mechanical engineering.
Members of Mock Trial practice 2-3 times a week during the evenings and frequently scrimmage on weekends to prepare for invitational and AMTA-sanctioned tournaments. While joining the Mock Trial team is a significant commitment, we also believe it is the best activity you can take part in at UMBC.
UMBC Mock Trial alumni have gone on to attend and graduate law school from top schools across the country, including Georgetown University, UCLA, William & Mary, the University of Maryland, and the University of Baltimore.