Tryouts

2020 Winter Witness Tryout Information:

Our winter witness tryouts are happening on Friday, December 18 from 1 -3 PM and Monday, December 21 from 7 – 9 PM. Your tryout will last for roughly fifteen minutes. Here’s what you need to do:

1. Fill out the Tryout Registration Form on this page (embedded below). We’ll follow up with an email to confirm the date and time of your tryout.

2. Download the tryout packet at this link and use it to prepare! (The packet is also embedded on this page.)

Tryout Registration Form:

Tryout Packet:

Frequently asked questions:

What are winter witness tryouts?

We know this year has been difficult for people who like to act, with shows cancelled nationwide due to the pandemic. We think Mock Trial might be the perfect place to fill a little bit of that void. It might not seem like it, but college Mock Trial involves a ton of acting. Six witnesses testify in every trial, and they are scored the same as attorneys. Teams can’t win without great witnesses, and that’s why we’re reaching out and trying to recruit some actors to join the team.

If you join, this year you might play a private investigator, a grieving spouse, an eccentric winery owner, a suspicious wedding caterer, or several other roles. You’ll have an amazing experience and grow as a performer while you compete with your teammates against some of the best teams in the country.

How do our tryouts work?

Your tryout will be on Zoom and will last about fifteen (15) minutes. Download the tryout packet above and use it to prepare. You need to work on creating a character and writing interesting answers to a few simple questions we’ve provided. Once you do that, we’ll ask you a few questions about yourself and then you’ll be done!

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

Why should I 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 in 2020 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.