Mock Trial

photo of mock trial team

At the University of Portland, Mock Trial is a one credit-per-semester class and University recognized club. The program competes in tournaments all across the country, against over 400 other undergraduate colleges and universities through the American Mock Trial Association.

In Mock Trial, students develop persuasive public speaking skills, practice critical thinking, refine analytical reasoning, and engage in oratory argument. Students also practice trial advocacy, learn legal procedures, and study the Federal Rules of Evidence.

At tournaments, the UP Mock Trial teams argue facts from affidavits, depositions, and exhibits. Teams find success by telling their case theory through story in the form of direct-examinations, cross-examinations, opening statements, and closing arguments. Just like in real trials, witnesses in Mock Trial control the narrative for both sides, but unlike in real life, school teammates in Mock Trial portray the witnesses within the trial.

During the 2018 - 2019 Mock Trial season, University of Portland teams placed 2nd at Gonzaga University’s invitational tournament; 1st and 3rd at the University of Oregon’s invitational tournament; and 1st at Fordham University’s invitational tournament. Two UP teams qualified for the AMTA 2019 Opening Round National Championships.  

Nationally, the University of Portland Mock Trial Program has a reputation for bold advocacy and dramatic witness performances. Learn more about the program on the UP Mock Trial website.