Simulate a Real Courtroom Trial

Mock Trial simulates a real courtroom trial with members serving as attorneys and witnesses. Our team prepares and puts on mock trials and competes against other colleges in tournaments across the country. 

In 2016-17, our team traveled to Peoria, Illinois, to participate in a competition hosted by Bradley University, and to Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, to participate in a competition hosted by Illinois State University.

The team also traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to participate in a tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in which St. Ambrose competed against teams from throughout the southern United States. In that four-round tournament, we came away winning one round and partially tying two rounds. Our members also traveled to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Stones River National Battlefield.

Our team attends at least one competition outside of the area each year, and in the past, has traveled to Florida and Minnesota.

The mock trials are held in courtrooms and are based on cases released by the American Mock Trial Association. Many of our members are 'pre-law' students, but that is not a requirement to join and you don't need previous mock trial experience. If you are interested you must have a willingness to work hard, learn, and enjoy the competition.

Want to learn more? Contact Coach Sarah Gorham or the Political Science Department.


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