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UT Law Interscholastic Mock Trial

Tower Lit for Law School National Champions

The Advocacy Program sponsors several interscholastic mock trial competition teams annually. Participation on an interscholastic team requires not only talent and skill, but also tremendous commitment. The students competing for The University of Texas have achieved and continue to maintain a level of excellence rarely matched. In just the last ten years, the UT mock trial and moot court teams have brought home twelve national titles, a host of regional championships, and advanced in almost every interscholastic competition they attended.

Interscholastic mock trial competitions simulate trials and help students understand the rules and processes in trial law. Some of the interscholastic mock trial competitions UT Law participates in involve criminal cases and some involve civil cases. The competitions are held throughout the country, many with both regional and national components.

Each fall, second- and third-year students are selected to field both the fall and spring interscholastic traveling and scout mock trial teams. The second-year scout teams are selected through the annual Fall Litigation Institute. The third-year traveling teams are selected through the Spring Trial Academy and the Intensive Trial Skills course. Students interested in participating in interscholastic mock trial competitions must complete an evidence course, the Advocacy Survey course, the Fall Litigation Institute and the Spring Trial Academy as second-years, and must be enrolled in the Intensive Trial Skills course during the fall of their third year.

Participation on an interscholastic team requires commitment, dedication and a lot of hard work. Teams begin working with coaches immediately after selection. Often, as the competition nears, teams practice several times a week. However, the experience of interscholastic competition is exciting and rewarding...especially since the year almost always ends with a Tower Lighting to celebrate at least one national championship.

Some of the mock trial competitions in which UT Law often competes are:

Lone Star Classic
Buffalo-Niagara National Mock Trial Competition
Capitol City Challenge
Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition
Georgetown White Collar Crime Invitational
John L. Costello National Criminal Law Advocacy Competition
National Trial Competition
South Texas Mock Trial Challenge
Top Gun Mock Trial Competition
American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition

For more information about the interscholastic mock trial program, the Fall Litigation Institute, the Spring Trial Academy, or eligibility requirements, contact cbrandt@law.utexas.edu. Sign up for Advocacy Program Law Mail on the Student Central page to receive future information.