Try criminal and civil mock cases as a member of the School of 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.
First-year students have the opportunity to participate in the J. Ralph Beaird Closing Argument Competition during the spring semester of their 1st year.
School of Law Mock Trial teams have competed and won several prestigious tournaments, including:
National Trial Advocacy Tournament
American Association for Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Quarterfinalists- 1997, 1998, 2001
Champions- 1988, 1997(first and second), 1998, 2001, 2002, 2018
Finalists- 1987, 1998
Semifinalists- 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016
Texas Bar Association National Trial Competition (NTC)
Champions- 1985 , 2006 (two teams), 2008, 2009 (two teams), 2012, 2014
Finalists- 1990, 1997, 2003, 2015, 2019
Semifinalists- 1988, 1990, 2002, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 (two teams), 2018, 2019
South Texas Mock Trial Challenge (National)
Champions- 2014, 2017, 2018
Quarterfinalists- 2012, 2013, 2019
Octofinalists- 2015, 2016
William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition
Semifinalists- 1998, 2006, 2011, 2015
Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition
National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition (Black Law Students Association)
Champions- 2003, 2009
Finalists- 2005, 2006
Semifinalists- 2004, 2010
Palmetto State Classic Mock Trial Competition
Mockingbird Challenge National Trial Competition
Tournament of Champions
Cathy E. Bennett National Criminal Trial Competition (NACDL)
Georgetown White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational
Finalists- 2000, 2001
Semifinalists- 1998, 2002
For a complete history of Moot Court and Mock Trial wins visit the winning reputation page.
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2017-2018 Executive Mock Trial BoardChair: Ryan PatrickVice Chair: Danielle GloverSecretary/Treasurer: Adam SunstromClosing Argument Directors: Spencer Barrow, Katie ReynoldsEngland Competition Directors: Alex Prescott, Gracie Shepherd, Hallie WillisTryout Coordinators: Evan Dunn, Toni Wormald