Law school teaches students how to read and write about the law, but doesn’t always prepare students to stand up in a courtroom and make an argument. That’s what we learn to do at HLS Mock Trial – if you ever want to persuade judges and juries with words, HLS Mock Trial may be for you.
We compete at tournaments throughout the year and across the country. Students act as attorneys, conduct direct and cross examinations, and deliver opening and closing statements. Some tournaments require teams to provide their own witnesses. In that event, students will take turns playing both witness and attorney roles.
We also have a tradition of success in the (mock) courtroom, competing at and winning some of the best mock trial competitions in the country.
You can also learn more about us in our JD Admissions blog post here.

Tournament Results

2020 – 2021

Spring

  • National Trial Competition (TYLA) – Regional Champions
  • Student Trial Advocacy Competition (AAJ) – Regional Champions
  • Southern Classic Trial Advocacy Competition – 2nd Place
  • John L. Costello National Trial Advocacy Competition

Fall

  • MLK Civil Rights Competition – 1st Place
  • Tournament of Champions – 3rd Place
  • All-Star Bracket Challenge

2019 – 2020

Spring

  • National Trial Competition (TYLA) – Regional Champions

Fall

  • Tournament of Champions
  • Lone Star Classic
  • The Summit Cup
  • Federal White Collar Crime Invitational
  • Quinnipiac Criminal Justice Competition – 5th Place

2018 – 2019

Spring

  • Student Trial Advocacy Competition (AAJ) – Regional Champions & Regional Runner-Ups
  • National Trial Competition (TYLA) – Regional Semifinalists
  • National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition (George Mason)

Fall

  • Tournament of Champions
  • Lone Star Classic – 1st Place
  • Federal White Collar Crime Invitational – Semifinalists
  • Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition – Quarterfinalists
  • Quinnipiac Criminal Justice Competition – 5th Place

2017 – 2018

Spring

  • Labor and Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition – National Semifinalists & Regional Champions
  • Student Trial Advocacy Competition (AAJ) – Regional Semifinalists
  • National Trial Competition (TYLA) – Regional Champions

Fall

  • Tournament of Champions
  • Federal White Collar Crime Invitational – 2nd Place
  • Buffalo Niagara Mock Trial Competition – Semifinalists
  • Quinnipiac Criminal Justice Competition

2016 – 2017

Spring

  • Student Trial Advocacy Competition (AAJ) – Nationals 5th Place & Regional Champions
  • National Trial Competition (TYLA) – Regional Runner-Ups

Fall

  • Tournament of Champions
  • National Civil Trial Competition (Loyola)
  • Quinnipiac Criminal Justice Competition