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 and closing statements, directs and crosses, and witnesses to play. The performance of each member is scored throughout the round. To learn more about college mock trial visit collegemocktrial.org.