Mock Trial Program

Inaugurated in 2009-2010, the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Mock Trial Program is overseen by Professor Chalon Young, Interim Director of Trial Advocacy. The program allows students to participate in regional and national mock trial competitions, including some of the largest in the nation.

Team Selection

Team members will be selected based on dedication, skill, and willingness to dedicate time to their teammates. Tryouts are publicized and held at the end of the spring semester for the following academic year.  Teams are guided by multiple experienced coaches who will prioritize teaching the trial fundamentals and tactics necessary to be good lawyers and competitors. Also, any 2L winners of the Murray S. Love Moot Court Competition will be welcome to participate in the program.

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. We encourage first-year students who may be interested in competing to come and participate in practices. In this role, they may be asked to serve as witnesses or try the case against the competition teams. First-year students cannot compete in moot court activities because of the paramount importance of their academic course load.