University of South Carolina
AMTA Competitions | Spring Semester
Mock trial is a team activity that gives competitors the chance to explore the legal system and develop the advocacy skills needed to excel within it. Our teams travel to tournaments hosted by universities throughout the Southeast, presenting a carefully constructed court case based on materials provided annually by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).
Mock Trial is highly competitive, with nearly 700 registered teams from around the country. We have earned the right to compete beyond the Regional level in 7 out of the last 11 seasons, when the current championship format was adopted.
Mock trial will undoubtedly give pre-law students an edge before starting law school, but any student has much to gain through participation. Its a great way to learn how to excel under pressure, improve your oratory skills, and work with others. Our alumni have succeeded in widely varying fields, from attending elite law schools, to serving in the U.S. Navy, to pursuing careers in neuroscience and engineering.
This year, our Fall season will include our program's hosting of our inaugural Soda City Classic, an invitational tournament in October. This will be part of our yearly invitational season, in which we prepare for official AMTA competition. The Fall season is good preparation and tons of fun, but Spring brings the tournaments overseen by AMTA, which decide the national champion. For the fourth season running, we have been trusted to host a Regional Tournament in our hometown of Columbia, SC that helps to narrow the field before the National Championship.
Our program is made of three tight-knit teams of anywhere from 6-10 members each, who work together to ensure that the program as a whole is successful. We are student run, which gives our members the responsibility of deciding the structure of the program, strategy, and team makeup. We run our own tournaments, recruit new members, and elect our leadership from within. It's a great way to make friends on campus and off!