Mock Trial Competition
Mock Trial Competition Overview
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 2012-2013 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, Mary Nerino and David Bean. The semi-final round will be judged by Washington and Lee Law Professors. A panel of state judges will preside over the final round.
Be advised that the Honor System applies to every aspect of this competition.
2012-2013 Important Dates
October 3rd-6th: Sign-Ups
October 12th: Problem Released
October 15th, 16th, and 17th : Evidence Primer
October 22-27: Preliminary Rounds
October 29-31: Quarterfinal Rounds
November 12-13: Semifinal Rounds
November 30 in Moot Court Room: Final Round
Negin Farahmand addresses the jury during the 2011 Mock Trial Finals
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
Maigreade B. Burrus (Burrus.M@law.wlu.edu) and Chrishantha Vedhanaygam (Vedhanaygam.C@law.wlu.edu)