How to Join

How to Join UMBC Mock Trial

Are you interested in joining the fastest-growing and most successful intellectual sport on UMBC’s campus? If so, you’re in the right place. UMBC Mock Trial is the perfect place to improve your public speaking, practice your acting, and meet your closest friends in college.

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.

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

A. It’s definitely a big commitment to join, but you’ll also have time for your classes and other activities. We meet 2-3 times a week and often scrimmage on weekends, and we travel to 3 or 4 weekend tournaments each semester. Mock Trial is probably one of the larger time commitments amongst other organizations on campus, but it is absolutely worth your time.

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 to Philadelphia, New York, Williamsburg, Washington D.C., downtown Baltimore, and several other places to compete throughout the year. 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.