WCL Spring Qualifying Tournament
SQT Basics and Format
Register here for the Spring Qualifying Tournament: https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/mocktrial_qualify.cfm
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 2015 SQT will be held on February 21-22, 2015 and will be comprised of two Rounds. Round one will start at approximately 9:00 a.m. on February 21, 2015. Round two will be held on February 22, 2015. 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 expected to prepare both sides of the case. Competitors will receive their side and room number at check-in on the morning of the competition. The competitors who are chosen to advance to Round two will be called after Round one and be given all pertinent information regarding Round two (e.g., round time, room number, side, and trial assignment). Because Round two competitors will be conducting their trial with co-counsel, competitors will be given a specific trial assignment, including either a direct examination and closing argument OR a cross examination an opening statement.
Please note the case file for the Spring Qualifying Tournament is set to be released on February 9, 2015. We encourage you to register by that date in order to have as much time as possible to prepare.
Any questions regarding the SQT case file must be received by 5:00 p.m. on February 16, 2015. Questions received after that time will not be answered.
The deadline to withdraw from the SQT without penalty is February 16, 2015, 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 VP of Recruitment, Robert Nothdurft (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 21, 2015
For Round one, competitors are asked to prepare an opening statement, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing argument for both sides. A redirect after cross examination will also 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 competitors 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 curremt MTHS members who will serve as judges, witnesses, and jury members. Competitors will be judged by at least two current MTHS members. Objections and handling evidence will also count against a competitor’s total time. Please note, competitors do not need to have taken Evidence to compete in the 2015 SQT. The purpose of the SQT is not to find experts in evdience, but rather to find 1L and 2L students that have the confidence and passion to advocate in a courtroom setting.
Round 2: February 22, 2015
Competitors chosen for Round two will be called after Round one and will be given all pertinent information regarding Round two (e.g., round time, room number, side, and trial assignment). The trial will be run in the exact same manner as Round one, but with the added component of co-counsel. 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. Members of MTHS may earn up to 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
Spring Qualifying Tournament Demonstration Sessions
- Information on demonstration sessions will be provided in the coming weeks.
- 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.