Tryouts

When are tryouts held for the 2011-2012 season?

There will be a new interest meeting at 8pm in Lerner c555 on September 11. Tryout dates and details will be announced at this meeting.

What will the tryout be like?

The exact format for the tryout will not be explained until the new interest meeting. Typically though, the tryout will include a prepared section as well as some kind of extemporaneous part. You will have about a week to prepare for the tryout and everyone will try out for both attorney and witness roles.  The tryout generally takes about fifteen minutes.

What exactly is Mock Trial?

Mock Trial is a competitive activity in which teams simulate a real trial. The activity requires students to think critically about the law, analyze and interpret legal facts, speak compellingly, and work well on their feet. If you want to know about how a Mock Trial competition works, you can look at the “About Us” section.

Who is eligible to try out for the program?

CUMT is open to any SEAS, CC, GS or BC undergrad. No prior experience is necessary. We are looking for people with talent, drive, confidence and enthusiasm who want to get involved in Mock Trial. We are looking for students who like to argue, work well on their feet, and are interested in the law. Mock Trial is great for anyone who enjoys speech, debate, acting, the law, teamwork, traveling, or competing.

What makes Columbia Mock Trial so great?

In our 12 years, Columbia University Mock Trial (CUMT) has won countless regional and invitational tournaments, and qualified for the National Championship Tournament each of the past nine years, often placing in the top 10 teams. In 2010, CUMT  had an extremely successful season that included 9 top 5 finishes including a fourth place win at the National Championship Tournament in Memphis, Tennessee. In 2009, CU Mock won an award at every tournament we attended and placed in the top ten at the National Championship Tournament in Des Moines, IA. In 2008, CUMT won its Regional Tournament and participated in both the National Championship and National Tournaments, held in Minneapolis and Arizona, respectively. In 2007 CUMT finished 5th at the National Championship Tournament in St. Petersburg, FL and 6th at the National Tournament in Minneapolis, MN. In 2004, CUMT placed 2nd at the National Championship Tournament out of over 500 teams.

Where can I get more information about CUMT, tryouts, and Mock Trial in general?

You can get in touch with anyone on the Executive Board or email Columbia Mock Trial’s head coach Mia Eisner-Grynberg. Columbia Mock Trial also has a Facebook Page and a Twitter account.

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