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Mock Trial Team

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences sponsors the NSU Undergraduate Mock Trial Team. Members may be NSU undergraduate students from any major.

The American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) is the governing body for collegiate mock trial competitions. The AMTA creates fictitious court case scenarios for undergraduate mock trial teams across the country to study, prepare, and perform in a simulated courtroom setting. The association hosts annual mock trial tournaments in which these teams compete.

Up to 10 members of the NSU team can participate in the simulation of the courtroom trial, with members serving as lawyers or witnesses in each round of competition. Student participation on the team can enhance critical thinking, effective communication, and professional development. This experience can help prepare students for law school and the professional practice of law.

Participation

Tryouts—beginning of the fall semester


NSU students of any major may try out for a lawyer role, a witness role, or both. To learn more, contact the team coach, Gary Gershman, J.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of History and Political Science. Email: ggershma@nova.edu.

Practice—fall semester


Team members learn, practice, and perform their roles.

Team Practices—Saturdays, fall and winter semesters


Students practice against one another to hone their performances before the regional tournament.

Tournament Teams—selected in January


Alternates for the roles are also selected at that time.

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