WCL Spring Qualifying Tournament
SQT Basics and Format
The Mock Trial Honor Society ("MTHS") is an organization of outstanding law students who are devoted to excellence in trial skills and oral advocacy. First and second year law students are selected as members through the Spring Qualifying Tournament ("SQT"), which is held every spring semester.
The 2013 SQT will be held on February 15-16, and will be comprised of two Rounds. Round one will start at approximately 8:30AM on February 15, 2013. Round two will be held on February 16, 2013. Competitors from Round one will be chosen based on scores, and will be "called back" to compete with another competitor, i.e., co-counsel. Competitors will be sent an email by Friday, February 14, 2013, with their Round one time and room designation. The Competitors who are chosen to compete in Round two will be called after Round one and given all pertinent information regarding Round two, e.g., round time, room number, and trial assignment. Because Round two Competitors will be conducting their trial with co-counsel, Competitors will be given a specific trial assignment for Round two, e.g., a direct of witness X and an opening statement, or a cross examination of witness Y and a closing argument, etc.
Any questions regarding the SQT case file must be received by 5:00PM on February 13, 2013. Questions received after that time will not be answered.
The deadline to withdraw from the SQT without penalty is February 10, 2013, by 5:00PM. The penalty for withdrawing after 5:00PM is automatic disqualification from participating in any future MTHS competition. If you need to withdraw from the Competition, please send to the MTHS Executive Tournament Director, Cody Harnish, ( email@example.com) an email that simply states that you need to withdraw -- no reason is required. Unfortunately, if you withdraw you will not receive a refund of your registration fee.
Round 1: February 15, 2013
For Round one, using the case file, which will be emailed to each Competitor, Competitors are asked to prepare an opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument for both sides. Rebuttal after cross examination also will be permitted, but please note, it will count against a Competitor’s total time. Re-cross will not be permitted. Competitors are asked to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start to their trial to receive their advocate designation, i.e., whether they will represent the plaintiff or the defendant. The Competitosr will then be given 30 minutes to prepare prior to trial. Each participant will then have 30 minutes (60 minutes for a complete trial) to argue their case before Mock Trial Members who will serve as judges and jury members. Competitors will be judged by at least two current Mock Trial Members. Objections and submitting items into to evidence will count against a Competitor’s total time. Please note, Competitors do not need to have taken Evidence to compete in the 2012 SQT. The purpose of the SQT is not to find experts in evdience, but rather to find 1L and 2L students that have the ability and passion to be outstanding MTHS members.
Round 2: February 16, 2013
Competitors chosen for Round two will be called after Round one and given all pertinent information regarding Round two, e.g., round time, room number, and trial assignment. The trial will be run in the exact same manner as Round one, but with the added component of co-counsel. Additionally, Round two Competitors will argue their case before experienced attorneys and mock trial members who will serve as judges and jury members.
Students receiving the highest scores for presentation, content, and argument are invited to join the Society.
After the SQT
MTHS members compete in competitions across the county. Members are required to participate in one competition per year, either during the fall or spring semester. As a Member of MTHS earn 2 academic credits per year. Although MTHS takes learning and mastering trial advocacy skills seriously, competition participation and the competitive atmosphere creates a unique camaraderie. Not only will you learn to be a better advocate, but you will enjoy the process. We look forward to seeing you at the next SQT!
SQT Preparation Documents and Resources
Webcasts of the 1L Closing Argument Competition Demonstration Sessions.
- 11-08/2011: http://media.wcl.american.edu/Mediasite/Viewer/?peid=11ec342d4bd648aab70b0d2c2e7b295a1d
- 11/09/2011: http://media.wcl.american.edu/Mediasite/Viewer/?peid=a8b84cdf2d4a46c0a2bfdbbea2365f2a1d
Webcasts of the 2012 SQT Demonstration Sessions.
- The Demonstration session webcasts will be posted as soon as they are available.
- 2012 SQT Mock Trial Handbook
- Thomas A. Mauet on Trial Techniques - Psychology of Persuasion
- Thomas A. Mauet on Trial Techniques - Closing Arguments
- Berger on Trial Advocacy - Planning and Strategy - Closing Arguments
Please visit the MTHS webcast webpage for additional resources.
We look forward to seeing you at the SQT! If you have any questions regarding the SQT, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with " SQT Question" as the subject.