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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 Trial Advocacy Tournament

           Champions- 2014
           Quarterfinalists- 2015

American Association for Justice National Student Trial Advocacy Competition

            Nationals:
            Champions- 1997  
            Finalists- 1988              
            Semifinalists- 1986
            Quarterfinalists- 1997, 1998, 2001

            Regionals:
            Champions- 1988, 1997(first and second), 1998, 2001, 2002 
            Finalists- 1987, 1998
            Semifinalists- 2000, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016

Texas Bar Association National Trial Competition (NTC)

            Nationals:
            Semifinalists-
2009
            Quarterfinalists- 2009  

            Regionals:
            Champions- 1985 , 2006 (two teams), 2008, 2009 (two teams), 2012, 2014
            Finalists- 1990, 1997, 2003, 2015
            Semifinalists- 1988, 1990, 2002, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 (two teams)

South Texas Mock Trial Challenge (National)

            Champions- 2014, 2017
            Quarterfinalists- 2012, 2013
            Octofinalists- 2015, 2016

William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition

            Champions- 2007
            Finalists- 2014
            Semifinalists- 1998, 2006, 2011, 2015

Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition

             Champions- 2011
             Semifinalists- 2013
             Quarterfinalists- 2015

National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition

            Champions- 2003
            Finalists- 1994
            Semifinalists- 1995

Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition (Black Law Students Association)

            Nationals:
            Champions- 2006
            Finalists- 2003
            Semifinalists- 2005
            Quarterfinalists- 2009

            Regionals:
            Champions- 2003, 2009
            Finalists- 2005, 2006
            Semifinalists- 2004, 2010
            Quarterfinalists- 2009

Tournament of Champions

            Finalists- 1997

Cathy E. Bennett National Criminal Trial Competition (NACDL)

            Semifinalists- 1998

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.

Join Mock Trial

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Executive Board

  • 2017-2018 Executive Mock Trial Board
    Chair: Ryan Patrick
    Vice Chair: Danielle Glover
    Secretary/Treasurer: Adam Sunstrom
    Closing Argument Directors: Spencer Barrow, Katie Reynolds
    England Competition Directors: Alex Prescott, Gracie Shepherd, Hallie Willis
    Tryout Coordinators: Evan Dunn, Toni Wormald

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