Mock Trial Competition
The Washington and Lee University Mock Trial Competition provides students the opportunity to plan litigation strategies, practice litigation techniques, prepare witnesses, and conduct a complete trial. Each competitor conducts one direct examination and one cross-examination and presents either an opening statement or closing argument. The competitors are also responsible for making oral motions in limine and making and responding to objections during trial.
The Mock Trial Competition is open to all second and third-year students except the members of the Moot Court Executive Board. Additionally, all first, second and third-year students who are not participating as attorneys can play the roles of witnesses. The first round and quarter-final rounds will be judged by mock trial administrators, Sarah Murphy and Brad Cochran. The semi-final round will be judged by Washington and Lee Law Professors. Judges from various jurisdictions will preside over the final round of the competition, which will also feature a jury comprised of members of the Lexington community.
2015-2016 Important Dates
The Mock Trial Competition will begin with two mandatory primers. The first introductory primer will be held on Tuesday, September 29 at 6:00 pm in Classroom A. The second primer will be the evidence primer. It will be held on Wednesday, October 30 at 6:00 pm in the Moot Courtroom. Sign-ups will begin immediately after the introductory primer and will run until Sunday, October 4 at 5:00 pm. The problem will be released on Wednesday, October 7.
Round 1: October 18 - 24
Quarterfinals: October 28 - 30
Semifinals: November 4
Finals: November 13
Evidence Handout from Professor King
Video of 2010 Finals
Federal Rules of Evidence
W&L Mock Trial Tips and Strategies by Chaz Klaes and Matthew Baker (Mock Trial Administrators for 2011-2012)
Mock Trial Competition Administrators
David Cook (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Kristin Tisdelle (email@example.com)