Inaugurated in 2009-2010, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Mock Trial Program is coordinated by a group of adjunct mock trial coaches. The program is the primary means through which the school selects the students who will serve on its Mock Trial Team and compete, at a minimum, at each of three interscholastic competitions taking place during the spring semester:
- The Allegheny Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition
- The AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition
- The Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition
Trying out for the Team
The program holds tryouts late in the spring semester for interested 1Ls and 2Ls. Students selected through these open tryouts become members of the Mock Trial Team that then trains with the adjunct coaches on a regular schedule in a course the subsequent academic year. From among the team members, the coaches will select the groups that will represent the school at each competition. Each team member will serve as an attorney or a witness for at least one competition.
Service on the Mock Trial Team does not foreclose competing in the Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition, though scheduling conflicts are possible. Subject to applicable maximums, team members may earn academic credit for their service.
Continuity and Experience: 1Ls, 2Ls, and 3Ls
The Mock Trial Program values continuity and experience. Therefore, second-year students on the team are encouraged to try out again as third-year students or to contribute in some other capacity. In addition, the program seeks to identify interested first-year students who are willing to serve in a limited, supportive capacity for each year’s team (e.g., as witnesses or timekeepers for practice rounds). Because of the paramount importance of their academic course load, first-year students cannot compete in moot court activities.