Bradley University Mock Trial is a collegiate instructional trial advocacy program open to all students, regardless of major or class year. Using case materials provided by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Students learn to evaluate facts and legal issues through this program, and to develop a wide variety of important skills by preparing to present their case in a competitive format.
Students who participate in Mock Trial increase their proficiency in skills such as public speaking, listening, reading and critical thinking, all of which will serve them in their chosen professions later in life. Mock Trial furthers student understanding of the philosophy and content of the law as applied by our courts and the legal system.
Mock Trial offers an opportunity for students to travel nationally to compete against other colleges and universities in the country.
Participation in Mock Trial at Bradley can be on an extracurricular basis, or students can elect to receive up to one hour of academic credit in a particular semester, depending on the particular circumstances of each student, for a maximum of eight credits over the course of their participation in the program. Students must contact the Coach of the Bradley University Mock Trial Team, in order to register to receive academic credit.
Beginning in the Fall of 2015, the Mock Trial team will meet twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:00 and 4:45 p.m.). Typically, the Tuesday session will involve a lecture and academic assessment component, and the Thursday afternoon session will be dedicated to skills exercises, practice and scrimmages. Students also meet together outside of class to prepare for tournaments.
Mock Trial Competitions
Each tournament consists of four rounds of trials (some invitationals have two rounds). Each team, consisting of six to ten students, plays the role of plaintiff (or prosecution) and defendant two times each.
The students are scored on a scale of 1 to 10 for each of fourteen individual activities, including roles as both attorneys and witnesses, and the scores are totaled. Two judges score each round, yielding eight possible victories in a tournament.
Participation of the Legal Community
Volunteers from the legal community play a crucial role in our activities and are an important part of the Bradley University Mock Trial experience. Attorneys and judges are invited to share their expertise with our students by participating as guest lecturers, mock attorneys and witnesses, and judges in our classes and practice sessions. Members of the bar are encouraged to speak with the Bradley University Mock Trial Team Coach about opportunities to volunteer.
Anyone interested in participating in Mock Trial is encouraged to contact the Pre-Law Center, 239 Bradley Hall. or at (309) 677-4200.