Michigan Mock Trial is looking for some new members for its 2014 – 2015 season! This is a great opportunity to meet new people, develop valuable public speaking skills, and learn about the justice system. Whether you are new to mock trial or an old pro, we would love to have you on the team!
Places to meet us:
Monday, September 1st, from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Come find our booth on Palmer Field for this great event! U of M is a welcoming campus filled with clubs and organizations. There will be members of MMT ready to meet you and answer any questions you may have about joining mock trial. Stop by anytime throughout the event!
Tuesday, September 9th, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Held on ‘the Diag’ during the day, Festifall is a great sampling of U of M’s student organizations. Make sure you find our booth among the many at outside at Festifall! We will be handing out fliers, answering any questions, and talking to people about the team. Please come and sign up for an email list or just have a chat.
Where to get more information:
Friday, September 12th, from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the Great Lakes Room at Palmer Commons
Sunday, September 14th, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Forum Hall at Palmer Commons
At the Mass Meetings, you will learn what Michigan Mock Trial is all about: how often we practice, how often we compete, and all the other fun stuff we do. You will be able to meet and talk to the entire team. We will explain how to tryout and pass around a sign up sheet for tryouts. You only need to go to ONE mass meeting (out of the two).
September 15th – 19th in the board rooms at Palmer Commons
Sign up for one fifteen minute tryout slot (during which you will perform both one attorney and one witness part) at one of the mass meetings. This tryout is the one and only chance for you to make the Michigan mock trial team for the 2014-2015 season!
What do tryouts entail?
We are looking for people who can creatively analyze a case and can present their interpretation persuasively. The materials you will use are actual excerpts from this year’s case. Just after the last mass meeting, we will release the tryout materials. These materials will include: background information on the case, applicable law, several witness statements, and a few proposed exhibits. Since our team values those who can play witnesses just as much as those who can play attorneys, we are asking everyone to tryout as both an attorney and as a witness. In order to tryout, you will have to:
- Review the tryout materials thoroughly!!!
- ATTORNEY: Use all of the case materials to create a SHORT closing argument for the defense. Imagine that the trial is nearly over and all of the witnesses have testified. Use their testimony, exhibits, and any other arguments you can think of to persuade the jury. Your speech should be about 2 – 3 minutes. After your closing, we will ask you several questions about your argument and analysis of the case.
- WITNESS: Select ONE of the witness statements from the tryout material and prepare a short (around one minute) monologue as that witness. Come up with a charismatic description about how the witness fits into the important fact patterns of the case. Be entertaining, engaging, and believable. Use the facts in the witness statement to create your monologue and be prepared to answer some questions about the facts in that statement (creativity is a big plus).
- Be on time. Be prepared. Come ready to make your best first impression. Most importantly, don’t worry. The process is very relaxed and it only takes about 15 minutes per tryout session.