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 2013-2014 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, Maggie Burrus and Chrishantha Vedhanayagam. The semi-final round will be judged by Washington and Lee Law Professors. A judge from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will preside over the final round of the competition, which will also feature a jury comprised of members of the Lexington community.
Be advised that the Honor System applies to every aspect of this competition.
2013-2014 Important Dates
Signups for the competition will open at 9AM on Thursday, October 3, and will close at 5:30 PM on Friday, October 4th.
The problem will be released on October 10th.
Tuesday, October 8 - 6PM in Classroom A (Mock Trial Procedure)
Wednesday, October 9 - 6PM in Classroom B (Mock Trial Procedure)
Thursday, October 10 - 6PM in Classroom A (Evidence)
Round 1: October 21 - 26
Quarterfinals: October 29 - 31
Semifinals: November 6-7
Finals: November 15
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)