FAQ

What is mock trial?

Mock trial is an intercollegiate activity that combines speech, theatre, and debate. Members of Bryn Mawr’s mock trial team will compete in several tournaments, while developing critical thinking, public speaking, and leadership skills.

Do I have to pay to join mock trial?

No. Unless otherwise noted by the Executive Board, you will not have to pay any fees or travel expenses other than individual food purchases (though this is often reimbursed as well).

Do I have to be pre-law?

Nope! Our team appreciates the backgrounds and interests of all members of the college community.

Can I still join if I didn’t do Mock Trial in high school?

Yes! We encourage students of all skill levels to join Mock Trial. Current members range from participating in their first year of Mock Trial to having competed at the high school and college level for several years.

What is the time commitment like?

We practice twice a week for two hours. Practices become more frequent in the two weeks prior to a competition. Team members are also expected to prepare outside of meetings individually. We start preparing for competitions at the beginning of the school year and typically compete in November through February.

Will it be difficult to balance Mock Trial and school work?

Competitors should put thought into their course load before agreeing to compete at tournaments. E-board members are willing to help you plan and manage your schedule and ask for extensions from professors. For more information on balance school work and extra-curricular activities, we recommend that you speak with your Peer Mentor.

Where do you compete?

Competitions vary from year to year. Competitions take place at colleges across the country. Typically, we attend invitational tournaments in the greater Philadelphia area (such as the Dragon Invitational at Drexel University) and the regional tournament. Our placement at the regional tournament is decided by AMTA. In the past, we have been placed at Stevenson University in Owings-Mills, Maryland and the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virigina.

How long are competitions?

Rounds typically last around three hours. Competitions usually consist of four rounds total (two on Saturday and two on Sunday). Award ceremonies take place after the final round and can vary in time length. Basically, if it’s a competition weekend, you should plan on dedicating a significant amount of time to mock trial.

I’m from another team and we want to scrimmage.

Yay!! We love scrimmages! Please contact one of our presidents using the “contact” page.