Mock Trial

Endowing Mock Trial

In 1984, Central College was one of seven colleges competing in a brand-new forensics activity — mock trial. Now boasting over three decades of inspiring performance, Central is raising $500,000 to endow the program and take this pursuit to the next level.

What is Mock Trial?

In mock trial competitions, students perform a simulated trial against teams from other schools. Competitions are designed to reenact what takes place in a trial court, and students are evaluated by professional lawyers and judges. There is no script, and participants must adjust their strategies as the trial unfolds.

Judges score each student based on his or her role, and the team with the most points wins. College competitions are governed by the American Mock Trial Association. Top teams from each regional tournament compete in semifinals before the national championship tournament in April
(for successful teams, mock trial has a nine-month competitive season).

The endowment will support:

  • Challenging students to win against prestigious teams
  • Growing participation with more student competitors
  • Enriching students’ experience with professional mentors
  • Building team success through dedicated preparation
  • Traveling to face rigorous competition throughout the country
  • Establishing Central College as a national competitor

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