ABOUT CORNELL MOCK TRIAL
WHAT IS MOCK TRIAL?
Mock trial is a competitive, inter-collegiate, extra-curricular activity. Each year, the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) provides a fictional court case to over 550 teams throughout the country. Each team, comprised of 6-10 members, creates both a prosecution and a defense side to the case. Acting as both attorneys and witnesses, students compete against other schools by delivering statements, providing testimony, and persuading judges of their side of the case. The judges, who are attorneys or former "mockers" themselves, score the teams based on their delivery, performance, and arguments- not based on who they believe “won” the trial.
WHO ARE WE?
Cornell Mock Trial is a diverse group of talented students. Our members have interests ranging from law and politics to biology, physics, and business. Past Mock Trial members have gone off to various law schools around the country and many members also pursue performance-related fields. To see a list of law schools attended by our alumni click here. Team members practice, socialize, and mentor one another. In addition to travelling to tournaments across the country together, we have a number of team events, such as social events with other student groups on campus, team dinners, and senior-send-offs.