Mock Trial

The W is a member institution to the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) along with over 350 other universities and colleges in the U.S. AMTA provides a forum for over 5,300 undergraduate students each academic year to engage in intercollegiate mock trial competitions across the country. Mockers will develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures.

Open to Everyone

The W's Mock Trial Team is hosted by the Legal Studies Department. MEMBERSHIP IS OPEN TO ALL MUW STUDENTS. It allows students to combine their interdisciplinary strengths from Legal Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Communications, History, English, Theatre and more. Students from any and all disciplines are welcome and needed to create a great team dynamic. One team must consist of at least 6-10 students (3 attorneys, 3 witnesses and 1 timekeeper). The University may enter more than one team.

A student witness testifies on the stand during a mock trial

Take a class in Trials

Students earn general elective course credit by registering for the course PLG 401: Special Topics - Trial Strategy & Practice. AMTA releases the new case materials and evidence in August. The team will compete in a number of competitions throughout the U.S.