The Criminal Justice Mock Trial Team competes against other colleges in American Mock Trial Association tournaments. At a tournament, teams of attorneys and witnesses present criminal or civil cases. Trials are very similar to actual trials, where attorneys make opening and closing statements, question witnesses, and argue rules of evidence.
Students get academic credit for participating on the team. During the semester, experienced attorneys and judges work with students to help them develop powerful trial presentation skills. In addition, the criminal justice department offers courses to build understanding of trial advocacy (CRJ 340) and rules of evidence (CRJ 225).