- Do I have to be headed to Law School to join the Mock Trial Team?
No. We welcome all students who are interested in public speaking, debating, critical thinking, legal issues, trial skills, or just plain fun.
- What sort of pre-requisite is required for Mock Trial?
Nothing. Mock Trial skills are taught through the Trial Advocacy course offered at Culver-Stockton. We will teach you what you need to know to successfully compete.
- What type of time commitment does Mock Trial require?
Students meet with their team members every class period and frequently outside of class. Your team members will set the schedules for practicing and getting together to go over the case. Be prepared to devote extra time outside of class.
- Will it cost me a lot of money to join the team and compete at tournaments?
No. You will need to acquire trial clothing, which consists of a dark suit for men and a conservative dark suit for women. You may also need extra money when you travel to tournaments to pay for meals. Culver-Stockton pays for all the fees and lodging required for tournaments.
- How many tournaments do you compete in?
We usually compete in the Quincy Riverside Classic in October and the Illinois State University Tournament in November. We also compete in the AMTA regional tournament at the University of Missouri in February. If we earn a bid out of the regional to the Nationals, those tournaments are held in March or April.
- Is there a course at Culver that will teach me what I need to know for Mock Trial?
Yes, Trial Advocacy.
- What if I am afraid to speak in public?
If you are afraid to speak in public, you are in good company. A very high percentage of the population is terrified to speak to any size group of people. You will learn this skill and, after one semester in Mock Trial, you will be able to stand in front of any size group and deliver a speech or presentation.