Why should you audition for UMBC Mock Trial?

UMBC Mock Trial is the most dynamic and successful academic organization on UMBC’s campus. Over the past four years, our teams have advanced every year to the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) National Semifinals, and in 2016 we made it to the National Championship Tournament in California. We’ve traveled to and won awards at Yale, Cornell, Duke, William & Mary, Fordham, Georgetown, and many other places. We’re the highest ranked Mock Trial program in Maryland, and we’re ranked in the top 85 teams nationwide (out of over 700 teams).

More importantly, you won’t find a more beneficial use of your time on campus than Mock Trial. If you want to go to law school, it’s the perfect place to be – our coaching staff of attorneys and program alumni will teach you how to hone your skills to be the perfect candidate. If you want to get better at debate or public speaking, Mock Trial is far and away the best place on campus to get that experience. You’ll compete several times each year and practice with coaches and experienced competitors to find your voice. Even if you’re just looking for something fun to do as a new or returning student, this is the place for you. You’ll meet your closest friends, travel with them to interesting new places, and win team and individual awards along the way.

How do our auditions work?

This year, we’re holding auditions on Monday, September 17th, 2018, in the evening. You’ll sign up for a 5-7 minute time slot, and we’ll give you the audition packet several days in advance. You’ll have to present an argument to us about an interesting case, and we might have a few questions for you at the end. It’s a fun, low-pressure way for us to get a sense of where you fit best in the program. If you can’t make any time that evening, we’ll find another time during the week for you to audition.

Before auditions, we’re hosting several information meetings, and we strongly recommend you attend at least one of those meetings before auditioning. (They’re all the same, so you don’t need to come to more than one). At those meetings, current team members will give you more detail on how Mock Trial works and will also offer some pointers for your audition. We’ll post the meeting Powerpoint on here too, but it’s better to get the information in person. Those meetings are:

Friday, September 7, 2018, 12pm: Public Policy 208

Monday, September 10, 2018, 7pm: Public Policy 203

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, 7pm: University Center 310

Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 12pm: Public Policy 208

If you have any questions about auditions or the team, feel free to email us at

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Do I need to be interested in law school to join mock trial?

A. Absolutely not! Several of our members don’t plan on attending law school, and you don’t need to have any interest in law school to join the team.

Q. Do I need previous experience in Mock Trial, speech, debate, etc to join?

A. No! While prior experience is great, it is definitely not necessary to make the team or be successful. You are not at a disadvantage if you’ve never done something like this before.

Q. How much of a commitment is it to join the team?

A. Joining Mock Trial is definitely a larger commitment than joining some other organizations or speech/debate teams on campus, but that’s because we compete a lot more than those other teams do. We meet 2-3 times a week and travel to 3 or 4 weekend tournaments every semester. That said, you’ll always have time for your classes and other activities. Mock Trial is a large time commitment, but you’ll get the most reward for your time. You’ll get to learn about the law every week, work with a close-knit group of students, and travel to different campuses all over the country.

Q. What do you mean when you say you travel to competitions?

A. College Mock Trial competitions are weekend tournaments, usually over a Saturday and Sunday, with two trials on each day. We drive as far north as Connecticut (Yale), as far south as the Carolinas (Duke), and many places in-between – Rutgers, Cornell, Fordham, and several others. These are great opportunities to get away from campus, see some new places, and bond with teammates through travel and trial against schools all over the country.