Mock Trial

Some of the most valuable student learning opportunities come from experiences. Finding ways to expand learning into active application and opportunities to hone real world skills is critical to preparedness for life after graduation. The program consists of two components: the mock trial team and the mock trial course.  Students choose to participate in both or either independently.

Mock Trial Team

The mock trial team gives students the opportunity to use trial advocacy skills to try cases. Each year universities from across the country compete as part of a national organization called the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Teams work to enhance their trial advocacy skills and travel across the country, representing UMKC and competing for a national title.

Trial Advocacy Course

Students learn about each aspect of the trial process. Students will follow a criminal case from arraignment to appeal, learning about the rules and structures that apply at each stage.  Students will gain experience reading and briefing decisions from the United States Supreme Court.  Then after learning about the process, students will have the opportunity to try a criminal case.

Participation Requirements

To participate in either the mock trial team or the mock trial course a student need only be an enrolled undergraduate student and in good standing at UMKC. Students at all stages of their undergraduate career are welcome.  Contact Ms. Jen Varon ( for more details.