Are you an undergraduate student interested in law? Do you have a hankering for public speaking? Do you spend your nights hopelessly wishing you were Denny Crane from Boston Legal grilling people in the courtroom? Well read on because you’re in luck!
In 2013, Blackstone will be running a Mock Trial competition exclusively for pre-law students. This competition is very similar to the Trial Advocacy competition that Blackstone traditionally runs for law students. In teams of two, it is all about questioning witnesses about facts and eliciting answers most favourable to your case.
The focus of the competition is the examination and cross-examination of witnesses and the presentation of brief opening and closing addresses. Given this fact-finding objective, no knowledge of the substantive law is necessary, and only limited pre-trial preparation is required. The problems are set before the Magistrates Court, the District Court or the Supreme Court and heard by a single presiding judge or magistrate. They are designed to reflect a real trial, and are often based on actual civil and criminal matters. The competition aims to provide students with an insight into the operation of the court system, while developing their skills of persuasive argument.
In Semester One 2013, the competition round dates are as follows:
Round 1: Tuesday 9 April and Wednesday 10 April
Quarter-Finals: Thursday 18 April
Grand FInal: TBC
Please note that these dates and rounds are subject to change without notice. Check back regularly to keep up to date.
All teams will have to provide one witness for the night which they are competing on. This is a requirement for participation in the competition.
Information for the Pre-Law Mock Trial in 2013 can be found below:
- Mock Trial Assessment Sheet 2013
- Mock Trial Competitors Info 2013
- Mock Trial Guide 2013
- Mock Trial Info Sheet 2013
- Mock Trial Rules 2013
To sign up to the competition please access this link: