Office of Diversity Affairs

Regional Undergraduate Diversity Mock Trial Competitions

As part of The John Marshall Law School's long-standing commitment to access and opportunity to an excellent education, the Undergraduate Diversity Mock Trial Competitions were established to encourage interest in the law among diverse undergraduate students. Student participants will have the opportunity to conduct a full trial in a courtroom setting and experience how the law is practiced and applied.

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Awards from The John Marshall Law School

Team Awards

  • 1st Place – $22,500 ($7,500 x 3 members)
  • 2nd Place – $15,000 ($5,000 x 3 members)
  • 3rd Place – $10,500 ($3,500 x 3 members)
  • 4th Place – $7,500 ($2,500 x 3 members)

Best Advocate Awards

  • 1st Place – $7,500
  • 2nd Place – $5,000
  • 3rd Place – $3,500
  • 4th Place – $2,500

Individual and team awards are applied against a recipient's tuition for his/her first year at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Awards from Other Law Schools

» Awards from Suffolk University Law School (Northeast Regional)
» Awards from Southwestern Law School (Southwest Regional)

Case Materials

» Case Materials
Includes a competition schedule, trial sequence, participation guidelines, newspapers reports and more.

» List of Objections and Special Procedures
There are various objections one can raise in the course of a trial. However, for the purposes of this competition, only the objections mentioned in this PDF will be allowed.

Regional Itineraries

» Regional Itinerary
The first day of each regional competition is devoted to training and preparation.

Rules and Instructions

Who can participate?
Participation is open to any currently enrolled undergraduate students in good standing. Individuals participants need not apply as part of their school's team.

Each student will be assigned to a three-member team on the first morning of the competition.

Each member must be prepared for the following roles:

  1. Opening Statement and Cross Examination;
  2. Witness (for Plaintiff and Defense);
  3. Direct Examination and Closing Argument.

Coaches/Advisors

All schools must be accompanied by at least one advisor or coach. If a school's advisor or coach cannot assist with the preparations prior to the competition, the participating school must find a replacement coach or be automatically disqualified. Waivers to this rule may be sought in advance by contacting the Office of Diversity Affairs at diversity@jmls.edu or 312.987.1411.

Questions?

All contact regarding registration, applicant's information, and general competition questions must be made by each school's coach/faculty advisor. Any coach with a question regarding the competition's trial problem should contact the Office of Diversity Affairs at diversity@jmls.edu or 312.987.1411.


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