The Stanford Law School Mock Trial program
is an entirely student-run organization dedicated to trial advocacy training and competition. Our
mission is to promote interest in trial advocacy and to provide
students with the opportunity to develop a high level of trial proficiency
while still in law school. The organization
has been extremely successful in developing and training advocates capable of competing at
the national level.
What Do We Do?
2005-6 Mock Trial President Rae Woods examines Aaron Thacker during competition in 2005.
The program fields teams in a
variety of tournaments, including the AAJ National
Student Advocacy Competition, the Texas Young
Lawyers Association (TYLA) Invitational National
Trial Competition, the American Bar Association
(ABA) National Mock Trial Tournament, and
of course the Stanford Invitational. The program has enjoyed great success, including victories in regional AAJ and TYLA tournaments.
Every year the
Stanford Law School Mock Trial program hosts
an invitational trial advocacy tournament, drawing
teams from law schools as close as Boalt Hall to
as far as Georgetown (DC) for more than twenty
rounds of competition. The tournament is student-run
and judged by local legal professionals.
Training student advocates is at the
core of the Mock Trial program. The program
puts on a variety of workshops every season including
a full-day hands-on workshop presented
by a federal judge and trial lawyers. Other workshop
leaders have included a federal prosecutor,
a public defender, civil litigators, current professors,
and emeritus professors. Students are further
given opportunities to develop within their
teams through team practices, scrimmages, videotaped
exercises, and interscholastic competitions.
Team members after appearing on Chinese TV in 2005.
Members of the team were selected to be part of a three-part news program on the "American Jury System" that will air in the Hunan province of China. The delegation from China visited the law school during July 2005 and interviewed several top legal scholars to learn more about how American courts operate. The mock trial program performed a one-hour trial stimulation for the journalists and news crews. Performers included Olga Kuskova, Joseph Ross, Rae Woods, and Ryan Brumberg. The mock trial was filmed by the Chinese television station and will be broadcast to a market of 1.2 billion viewers. We were thrilled to be able to showcase the excellent trial advocacy program sponsored by the law school!
What Do We Offer?
"I learned more about actually being a lawyer in one season of mock trial than the rest of
my first year of law school." -- Current team member
The Mock Trial program offers students the chance
to experience trial advocacy and learn practical
skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Teams
work together to develop skills at a high level in
an entertaining and competitive setting. Students
graduate knowing how to conduct themselves
in a courtroom, how to argue
persuasively, and how to respond to unexpected
situations, as well as learning the mechanics and
processes of examining witnesses and introducing