Cornell College Mock Trial has had tremendous success since its founding in 2006. Our team has qualified for the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) National Championship Tournament in 2009, 2010 (6th place), 2012, 2013, and 2014. Annika Strombom '10 and Madeline Roche '10 were recognized as All-American Attorneys in 2010. Sarah Bertschy '16 was an All-American Witness in 2014.
Mock trial is an intercollegiate activity that combines speech, theatre, and debate. Cornell's mock trial program gives students the chance to develop a better understanding of the courtroom process and the American legal system. The primary objectives of Cornell’s mock trial program are to enhance each student’s critical thinking, analysis of logic, and public speaking skills in a competitive and collegial environment.
The American Mock Trial Association provides a different case each year, alternating between a civil and a criminal case. Mock trial teams consist of six to eight students and each student is given an attorney and/or witness roles for each case. Students selected to compete at mock trial tournaments will present two plaintiff/prosecution and defense cases to a tournament judge. Tournaments are held in the fall and continue into the middle of the spring.
Participation in the mock trial program is open to all Cornell students, regardless of academic major or prior mock trial experience. Students may earn 1/4 credit for each semester of mock trial participation.