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Mock Trial

Try criminal and civil mock cases as a member of Georgia Law's Mock Trial teams. Participants deliver opening statements, conduct witness examinations and present closing arguments in the presence of a judge and jury.

UGA's Mock Trial program receives strong support from faculty members and Mock Trial alumni who dedicate long hours to bench practice rounds, critique student arguments and offer suggestions for improvement. This level of support truly benefits students and helps them to develop the courtroom skills they will need during their legal careers.

Who Can Participate

Membership on the Mock Trial teams is reserved for 2nd and 3rd year law students.

1st year students have the opportunity to participate in the J. Ralph Beaird Closing Argument Competition during the spring semester of their 1st year.

Winning History

Georgia Law's Mock Trial teams have competed and won several prestigious tournaments, including:

National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
Champion: 2003
Finalist: 1994
Semifinalist: 1995

American Association for Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Champion: 1997
Quarterfinalists: 2001, 1998, 1997
Regional Champions: 2002, 2001, 1998, 1997 (first and second)

William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition
Champion: 2007
Semifinalists: 2011, 2006, 1998

Texas Bar Association National Trial Competition
National Semifinalist: 2009
Regional Champions: 2014, 2012, 2009 (two teams), 2008, 2006 (two teams)
Regional Finalists: 2003, 1997, 1990

Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition
Champion: 2011
Semifinalists: 2013

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
National Champion: 2006
National Finalist: 2003
National Semifinalist: 2005
Regional Champion: 2009, 2003
Regional Finalists: 2006, 2005

South Texas National Mock Trial Challenge
Quarterfinalists: 2013, 2012
Best Advocate: 2013, 2012
Champions: 2014

For a complete history of Moot Court and Mock Trial wins visit the winning reputation page.

Join Mock Trial

Learn more about the benefits of participation.

Executive Board & Teams

  • 2014-2015 Executive Mock Trial Board
    Executive Chairman:
    Josh Dorminy
    Executive Vice Chair:
    Alex Smith
    Executive Secretary/Treasurer:
    Lauren Washington
    Closing Argument Directors:
    Whitney Judson
    Payton Bell
    England Competition Coordinators:
    Patrick Najjar
    Crighton Allen
    Allison Parish
  • 2014-2015 Mock Trial Fall Teams
    Sarah Akinosho
    Morgan Allyn
    Anna Fowler
    Andrew Fulbright
    Meredith Gardial
    Kelly Holloway
    Kathleen Mayer
    Alicia Luncheon
    Morganne Patterson
    Ben Ralston
    Spencer Schold
    Scharli Sturtevant
    Sarah Wagnon

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