Joining the Team

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If you want to sign up for the Mock Trial Team, all you need to do is register for the JS434 Mock Trial Competition course.  If you are a freshman or sophomore, you may need to email the primary course instructor, Nathan Mays, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  to receive an override to register for the class.

Accessing the Case

Once you are a member of the team and the case is released by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), you can access the case materials on AMTA’s website at www.collegemocktrial.org.  You will need a username and password.  That username and password is private and only given to AMTA registered schools, so we ask that you not share it with anyone outside the UAB Mock Trial Team.  After you download the case, you can begin reviewing the material, and we do strongly recommend you get a head start reviewing the case before the first team meeting.  It makes tryouts easier if you have more time with the case.

The First Meeting

On the first day, you will meet the coaches, team captains, and returning team members.  They will attempt to orient you the best they can to the mock trial program.  Then the coaches and team captains will give you some direction on how to get started, and you will have ample opportunity to ask questions and receive assistance in preparing for team tryouts during the next week’s session.

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Tryouts

If you register for the class and want to be a part of the team, you can be a part of the team.  However, tryouts help us decide where you will best fit on the team.  We ask your preference (i.e. Attorney, Witness, Researcher, Support, ect…)  The tryout will usually consist of giving an opening statement.  But Don’t panic! On the first day, we will outright tell you how to give a good opening statement, and the coaches will be available to answer your questions and help you get started.

Placement

After you’ve tried out, the coaches and team captains will discuss how the teams should be organized (i.e. who should be an attorney, witness, and which specific roles they should play), and the coaches make the final decision.  But if you don’t get your first choice right off the bat, these assignments are subject to change.