How to Join

How to Join UMBC Mock Trial

We hold tryouts every season in the fall. During the week after Involvement Fest, we’ll host several informational meetings for you to come and learn about what we do. You’re required to come to one of these meetings to try out, or let us know if your schedule doesn’t work with any of the meeting times and we can provide the information via email.

After the meetings, you can sign up for a tryout spot. Your tryout will include a short opening statement, and a cross examination. We’ll give you all of the materials you need to complete your tryout. Your tryout will last about 7-10 minutes, and we’ll announce our new competing members a few days later.

That said, UMBC Mock Trial is an open organization. All undergraduate students at UMBC are welcome to join our program and attend meetings. If you aren’t selected as a competing member but still choose to participate in practices and attend meetings, we’ll look at that positively when choosing our competing members in future years. There also tends to be some movement during the season, and you might start out as a general body member but get to compete by the end of the year.

If you have any questions about auditions or the team, feel free to email us at umbcmocktrial@umbc.edu.

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. We meet 2-3 times a week and travel to 3 or 4 weekend tournaments every semester, in addition to weekend scrimmages. 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.