About UCSB Mock Trial
Mock Trial is a competitive activity in which students simulate court cases, portraying both Attorneys and Witnesses in civil and criminal trials. Attorneys deliver opening statements, closing arguments, and objections; they also conduct direct and cross examinations of witnesses, who answer these questions while maintaining character.
Rounds are judged by members of the legal community and often take place in real court rooms. Because no verdict (e.g. guilty or not guilty) is given after closing arguments, teams are evaluated and scored purely based on performance.
The UCSB Mock Trial Team is a member of the American Mock Trial Association. Its three teams - A,B, and C - each attend regional and national tournaments, competing against other universities from across the country.