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Department of Political and Global Affairs

Mock Trial

A Winning Legacy

Founded in 1990 by Dr. John Vile and Dr. Thomas VanDervort, Mock Trial at MTSU has become an integral part of the Pre-Law curriculum . Since its beginning, MTSU’s Mock Trial organization has been recognized as one of the nation’s leading competitors with several top-ten finishes in the national championship tournament. In addition to regional and national tournaments in the spring, teams have competed and excelled in invitational tournaments throughout the fall, including tournaments at Saint Louis University, Duke, Wheaton College, John Marshall Law School, and Rhodes College and Eastern Kentucky University and at MTSU’s own invitational tournament, the Mid-South Mock Trial Invitational, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. 

What is Mock Trial?

MTSU Mock Trial is a student organization that teaches the central proceedings of trial courts. Students participate as either witnesses or lawyers. Participants learn to prepare and deliver opening and closing statements, and direct and cross-examinations, and learn how to argue evidentiary objections. Students also become familiar with more subtle aspects of trial work such as courtroom appearance and demeanor. Students are coached by MTSU faculty members and local practicing attorneys.

Who Can Participate?

Mock Trial is open to students of all majors.
There are numerous advantages to being involved in Mock Trial. The experience exposes students to trial proceedings and the American legal system. Mock Trial is also a great way to determine if you are interested in attending law school and becoming a trial attorney, which many MTSU Mock Trial students have done. Mock Trial also helps students practice analytical thinking and hones their abilities to speak and perform in public. It also teaches the importance of preparation, professionalism, ethical behavior, and teamwork.

How Do I Sign Up?

Contact Dr. Jennifer Woodward at or visit our website ( for more information. Students may also receive course credit for participating in mock trial by enrolling in PS 2100: Legal Courtroom Procedurefor one hour of credit (The class may be taken up to four times for a total of 4 credit hours). Students who are enrolled in this class, which requires no prerequisites, are placed on a team and are given a role in which they can participate. PS 2100 meets every Thursday night from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

More Information

Mock Trial web site

Political and Global Affairs Department
MTSU Box 29
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
(615) 898-2708

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