Mock trial & you
What is mock trial?
Mock trial is a simulation of either a criminal or civil jury trial. College students portray both the attorneys and the witnesses. The trials take place in the fictitious jurisdiction of Midlands, complete with its own case law, statutes, and rules of evidence that closely mirror the FREs.
What is your role?
As volunteers, you would "judge" the competition in panels of two or more as either the jury or the presiding judge. Our judges fulfill three important roles: preside over the trial (one person per trial), score the trial, and provide feedback. Judges do not need to actually reach a verdict.
One judge will preside over the trial and act similar to a judge in a courtroom by ruling on any objections and keeping the trial moving. A mock trial consists of the pre-trial matters (including introductions), opening statements, the plaintiff's case-in-chief (three witnesses), the defense case-in-chief (three witnesses), and closing arguments including a rebuttal.
Giving & doing the most good
Hosting a tournament adds significant costs to our program. Anyone who wants to make a significant impact on the FSU Undergraduate Mock Trial program is invited to contribute financially. This is truly a mock trial program the people of Tallahassee and the alumni of FSU can be proud of. If you or your law firm can contribute even a small amount, it will be greatly appreciated and put to good use.
Thank you again. All of us here at FSU Mock Trial deeply appreciate your generosity.
"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give."
- Sir Winston Churchill