Saint Louis University's mock trial team has been competing nationally for 22 years.
Mock Trial can be taken as a lecture class for 2 credit hours. Additionally students may register for the lab component which can be taken for 2 credit hours. Only students who have previously taken at least three credit hours of mock trial can signup for less than three credit hours.
During the fall semester the participants receive a packet of information (the case) containing witness affidavits, evidence, charges, case law, rules of evidence, and mock trial rules. The class is divided into teams of between six and eight people. The students prepare their roles as attorneys and witnesses.
The teams then compete in invitational and regional tournaments. During each tournament there are four rounds. Each team will argue as the plaintiff twice and the defendant twice. During a round three students will play the role of attorneys and three students will play the role of a witness. Each participant receives. The scores are added up and the team with the most points wins the ballot. The team with the most ballots at the end of the tournament wins.
The case is prepared by the American Mock Trial Association ("AMTA"). AMTA also organizes the tournaments. You can visit their website at http://www.collegemocktrial.org for more information on AMTA.
Participants can choose to be a part of the team for one semester or two. However, the coaches strongly recommend participation for the full year.