What is Stanford Mock Trial?
Stanford Mock Trial is a student-run group on campus. Throughout the year, we compete at tournaments across the country against other top teams that test our public speaking, critical thinking, and performance abilities.
As members of the mock trial community, students simulate an American legal proceeding. Each year, the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) releases a case with witness affidavits and evidence. We take on roles as attorneys and witnesses, and prepare speeches and examinations for competition. We use the Federal Rules of Evidence and present our case before experienced judges and attorneys.
Though we try to prepare for what an opposing team may throw at us during competition, this activity demands adaptability. Each competition is exciting because every member of the team has to think on their feet, with multiple aspects of each trial being impromptu and fast-paced. Each trial presents its own twists and turns. The challenge of mock trial is to respond creatively while maintaining poise and composure — and that is what we do best.
Our program is successful throughout the country. We are ranked in the Top 15 teams in the nation, with two top-10 finishes at the National Championships in the past 3 years. We’ve won first place at our West Coast National Qualifier tournament (called ORCs) 3 out of the past 4 years. Two of our members have won All-American attorney awards in the last 3 years. And this year, we’re looking to win it all.