Tryouts

2020 Tryout Information:

Our fall tryouts are happening on September 14 – 16, 2020, from 7 – 10 PM each evening. Your tryout will be 10 minutes on only one of those nights. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Fill out the Tryout Registration Form on this page.

2. Attend one of our virtual information sessions:

3. Sign up for a tryout slot using this Google Sheet.

4. Download the tryout packet using this link.

Tryout Registration Form:

Tryout Packet:

Frequently asked questions:

Why should you audition for UMBC Mock Trial?

UMBC Mock Trial is the most dynamic and successful academic organization on UMBC’s campus, and we go to – and win awards at – the best tournaments in the country every year. In the past few years, we’ve traveled to Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Haven (Yale), Durham (Duke), Williamsburg, and so many other places. While all of our tournaments for this upcoming year will be online, you’ll still get to compete at the best tournaments nationwide.

We’ve made Nationals (the final 48 teams out of 750+) for three of the past four years: 2020, 2019 and 2017. Nationals was cancelled this year due to COVID-19, but in 2019 we finished 8th in our division and 13th overall at the National Championship Tournament. We also won two invitational tournaments (Duke and Georgetown) and traveled all over the country to compete. We’re the highest ranked Mock Trial program in Maryland and we’re ranked in the top 25 teams nationwide.

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 tryouts work?

Everything this year is going to be online, including our tryouts. You’ll try out either as an attorney or a witness. You’ll have a 10-minute slot and all of the details about how to try out are in the packet linked above. It’s a fun, low-pressure way for us to get a sense of where you fit best in the program.

Before tryouts we’re hosting several informational 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.) You can find the schedule and Zoom links at the top of this page. At those meetings, current team members will give you more detail on how Mock Trial works and will also offer some pointers for your tryout. We’ll also post the info session video online once we finish our first one.

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. We are an interdisciplinary organization with members from many different majors and with diverse career goals.

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

A. No! While prior experience is great if you have it, it is definitely not necessary to make the team or be successful. You are not at a disadvantage for tryouts if you’ve never done something like this before, and we’ll teach you everything you need to know once you join the team.

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. This year with everything being online we won’t physically go to those places, but we’ll still have a full competition schedule with all of the same amazing tournaments we usually attend. We’ll make sure you have everything you need to compete successfully using Zoom. If you’re on a competing team you’ll travel around three to four weekends each semester.

Q. Is there a financial barrier to joining the team or competing?

A. Definitely not. The program covers all travel costs, including flights, hotels, rental vehicles, and gas. This year we’ll cover all equipment costs to make sure you have what you need to compete virtually. There are no member dues. If able, members are asked to cover their meals when we travel, but we also have a system in place if you’re not able to do that. We are committed to making sure that money is never an obstacle to join the team and travel to competition.