About Mock Trial

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Team Orange reenacting the iconic photo from Suits

The University of Illinois Trial Team is a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Each year AMTA publishes a case, alternating between civil or criminal, that the team analyzes for the given season, comprised of a series of witness affidavits and select pieces of evidence.

The Illinois Trial Team prepares both sides of the case and travels throughout the country competing against other colleges in a series of mock trial rounds. There are opening statements, closing closing arguments, direct examinations, cross examinations, and witnesses to play. The performance of each member is scored throughout the round.

Each case takes place in the fictional state of Midlands. Last year we presented The State of Midlands v. Dylan Hendricks, a criminal case about a food truck owner accused of the murder of their lover’s spouse. To learn more about college mock trial visit collegemocktrial.org.