About Our Team
The Fresno State Mock Trial Program is a competitive organization that promotes the ideals of law and the judicial system through participation in intercollegiate competitions known as ‘Mock Trials’. Unlike most extracurricular programs, our Mock Trial program can also be taken as a three-unit criminology course.
During the competition, students take the roles of witnesses and attorneys, performing opening statements, closing arguments, and direct and cross-examinations before a panel of scoring judges. Competition for the entire academic year revolves around a single civil or criminal case, which is released by the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA).
Each trial simulates an actual jury trial and consists of two teams, with one team representing the plaintiff/prosecution, and one team representing the defense. Each team offers opening statements, witness examinations, and closing arguments. Teams are scored on their ability to present a persuasive and professionally delivered case theory. Lawyers and witnesses on both sides must be able to think quickly on their feet and reconstruct their case as the trial develops. Trials are always fast-paced, suspenseful, and exhilarating.
What We Do
Aside from learning important legal procedures, strategies, and developing valuable public speaking skills, team members have the privilege of traveling across the country to compete in invitationals and tournaments, often forging lasting friendships and professional connections along the way. We have participated in events stretching from UCLA to Yale and everywhere in between.
How can your donations help Fresno State's Mock Trial Team?
Your donations can be used towards competition registration costs, traveling expenses, competition materials, and more!
Here is What a Normal Tournament Setting Looks Like!
Below are Images from After Tournaments!