Mock Trial

The St. Thomas Mock Trial Team had an exciting season. We participated in four invitational tournaments and a regional tournament. Fall semester opened at the University of Minnesota, we competed at Macalester College, and closed out fall semester at the University of Wisconsin Superior’s Memorial Durst Tournament. J-term proved exciting as we had two teams compete at our very own Hatting Invitational, where both of our teams placed third and fourth at the tournament. Several members also received individual awards at our Hatting Tournament. We ended the season in February with our B team competing at the St. Paul regional tournament, where POLS major Kate Dolan received an individual attorney award. A Team traveled and chilled in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at the end of February for their regional tournament where POLS minor Amy Crea had a perfect score as an attorney and took home an individual award for her performance.

UST has been affiliated with the American Mock Trial Association – a national organization of over 250 colleges and universities – for 25 years.  The UST Mock Trial team has claimed numerous regional championship titles and individual awards over the years, including a national championship (in 1987) and a national runner-up (in 1989).  In 2004, the team placed sixth overall, nationally. 

Mock Trial is an extra-curricular activity at UST and is open to all interested undergraduate students (membership in PLS is required in order to compete with Mock Trial, as Mock Trial is run through the PLS organization). Participants learn trial advocacy skills as witnesses and as attorneys in hypothetical criminal and civil cases within the framework of the U.S. Federal Rules of Evidence.