Founded in 2011, the UMBC Mock Trial Program has grown rapidly into UMBC’s most successful speech and debate organization, and the highest ranked Mock Trial program in Maryland. We travel all across the country during the fall and spring semesters, competing at invitational and American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) tournaments.
The UMBC Mock Trial Program began competing with the American Mock Trial Association during the 2011-12 season. The team has advanced to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) for the last five seasons (’15, ’16, ’17, ’18 ’19) and advanced two teams to ORCS in 2017 and 2018. The team advanced to the AMTA National Championship Tournament in 2017 and 2019.
After the inaugural 2011-12 season, the program expanded to add a B team for the 2012-13 year. UMBC’s A team advanced to ORCS for the first time in 2015, and returned to ORCS in 2016. 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.
In 2017, the program earned its first ever bid to the National Championship Tournament (NCT) – 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 the 2017-18 season, UMBC Mock Trial reached new heights, as the A team took fourth place in the “A” division at the Yale Invitational – a division consisting of 24 teams from the 2017 NCT. UMBC A and B both advanced to the 2018 ORCS, with UMBC A earning a bid and UMBC B earning an open bid. In 2019, UMBC fielded a C team for the first time in program history.
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 the University of California – Berkeley, Georgetown University, UCLA, Drexel University, William & Mary, the University of Maryland, and the University of Baltimore.