UAB’s Mock Trial Team is a unique program on UAB’s campus. The team has won numerous tournaments, and team members win individual awards each year. UAB students have the opportunity to stand out from the crowd while still being surrounded by people willing to help you succeed. Local lawyers, judges, and other professionals often visit the team and help judge practice rounds. This is an opportunity to learn from some of the best in the legal community, and team members often use that training to win trophies to take back to UAB and individual awards to take home for themselves.
Earn Class Credit
While participating on the team can be considered an “extracurricular activity,” team members may also receive class credit. This is excellent for students who enjoy a change from the typical classroom lecture format. Sitting in a classroom taking notes while listening to a professor is the exception in Mock Trial, not the rule. However, you can register for the JS434 Mock Trial Competition course and repeat the course for up to six hours of class credit.
UAB’s pre-law program is fortunate to be supported by the generous contributions of many local law firms. If you have participated on the mock trial team for at least one semester and you’d like to continue to do so, you are eligible to apply for the UAB Pre-law Advisory Board (PLAB) Scholarship. This is a true scholarship; in other words, even if you’ve already satisfied your financial obligation to UAB for this Semester, you can still receive scholarship funds. Scholarships are awarded based on prior performance on the team, familiarity with the rules of evidence and mock trial, and various other factors.
Each year, the UAB team travels to other universities in the southeast and–later in the competitive season–around the United States. UAB pays for all lodging and transportation expenses. Usually, team members need only bring along some cash for meals.
Building your Resume
Whether you end up in the legal field or elsewhere, employers look for “transferable skills” or skills that you’ve developed elsewhere that will assist you when you work for them. UAB’s Mock Trial Team will help you develop skills that employers demand: public speaking, working in a team, problem solving, and many others that you simply cannot always gain in a classroom.