The Mock Trial program helps pre-law students succeed in law school and in their careers by teaching the fundamentals of the rules of evidence, civil and criminal procedure, and litigation strategy and techniques. It helps all students involved, no matter what their career aspirations may be, by teaching rigorous analysis and public speaking.
The Mock Trial program will participate in the following invitational tournaments:
- Hustle City Challenge hosted by University of St. Thomas, on October 7-8, 2017 in Houston, TX;
- Ninth Annual Wildcat Mock Trial Invitational, hosted by University of New Hampshire on October 28-29, 2017 in Durham, NH;
- Baylor Undergraduate Mock Trial hosted by Baylor University on November 10-12, 2017 in Waco, TX.
In addition, Austin College will host the Kangaroo Brawl on January 20-21, 2018, in order to:
- provide its students another opportunity to compete against programs from Texas and beyond;
- provide teams from other colleges and universities an opportunity to compete in January prior to regional competition;
- provide all interested observers a chance to see mock trial rounds in action; and
- provide attorney alumni/ae and other members of the legal community a chance to judge rounds and to interact with the future of the profession.
In the spring of 2018, the program will compete in regional competition in the hopes of advancing to the Opening Round Championship Series. The program meets on Monday and Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Austin College dedicated the courtroom built in the library to Dr. Kenneth Street, a beloved government professor. Students who are in the advocacy program benefit from the courtroom, as it provides a stimulating and realistic environment to challenge their peers and practice their skills.