Mock Trial competitions consist of presenting a
complete legal case, including opening statements, closing arguments,
and three witnesses per side. Witnesses are portrayed by students, who
assume the role of their character for the entirety of the trial.
Students acting as attorneys are responsible for the representation of their client, and engage in opening statements, direct and cross examination of each witness, and closing arguments. Each element of the case is scored by judges, and the team with the higher overall score out of the 140 possible points wins. At each competition, teams try the same case four times, twice as the Defense and twice as the Plaintiff/Prosecution. New members must compete on a team in the fall. These teams, comprised of both new and returning members, will attend an invitational tournament in the Northeast. During the winter term, Dartmouth teams attend a Regional tournament. Our strong showings at Regional competitions have routinely earned us spots in Spring National competitions across the country. In the past, Dartmouth has sent teams to as many as five tournaments per year.
Brenna Jenny '09, President Mike Russell '09, Vice President of Organization Matt Chong '11, Vice President of Membership Bill Lundin '09, Treasurer John Lane '10, Secretary
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