While criminal litigation is one of the most widely known characteristics of the legal profession, there are few opportunities to directly participate in it. Also, because it is law’s more popular aspect, as seen over television and in movies, it is not only a great way to better introduce prospective legal professionals to its intricacies, but also to provide them with an experience to do so. Mock Trials provide students the opportunity to refine their legal and logical reasoning and the ability to work with a team to both build their position and resolve their case. The case chosen will represent real and pressing issues within the criminal realm and explore the importance of teamwork and individual performance in a competitive setting. Exposure to criminal litigation will introduce students to the importance of opening and closing arguments, and to the critical role of witness testimony and reliability. Mock Trials will challenge teams to develop and demonstrate their litigation abilities in front of peers, jurors, and esteemed judges.
In addition to the benefits of exposure to criminal litigation, Mock Trials connect students with like-minded peers and legal professionals, providing them with the ability to network outside the classroom in a more relaxed and niche environment. The relationships built will last beyond the competition and will encourage lasting personal and professional connections.
Mock Trial Team
With UTPLS leading as the first undergraduate Mock Trial competition in Canada, other Universities in Canada are now developing their own Mock Trial programs.
Starting in 2019-2020, the Mock Trial program will be forming a travelling competitive Mock Trial team. The Mock Trial Program will then train and prepare this team to compete at other undergraduate Mock Trials both nationally and internationally!
To try-out for the 2019-2020 Mock Trial team, please see the materials and sign up form below (note: please be sure to read through the entire try-out package so you know exactly what is expected of you in the try-out):
Please note that you must be a UTPLS Member for 2019-2020 in order to become a Mock Trial Team member. However, you may register for and complete your try-out before registering as a general UTPLS Member. You would then complete your regstration after your try-out is completed and you have been selected as a Team Member.