Mock Trial introduces students to the engaging world of civil and criminal trial advocacy. PHC students compete in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) against more than 700 teams from over 400 programs around the country, including many from the nation’s top ivy-league institutions. Fierce competition hones their critical thinking skills and equips them to clearly articulate passionate and well-reasoned legal argumentation. The late Dr. Frank Guliuzza introduced Mock Trial to PHC in 2008, and it has been a staple of the forensics program ever since.
Team 1014, placing 4th, was the only team to take a ballot away from Harvard during the preliminary rounds. Team 1015, finishing 11th in their division with a record of 6-0-0, took two ballots from the defending national champions, UMBC, in their fourth round.
In Mock Trial, students compete in groups of 6-10 to perform dynamic, responsive, and flawlessly synchronized jury trials on both civil and criminal issues. Students play the roles of attorneys and witnesses and prepare cases—including opening and closing arguments, witness testimony, and direct- and cross-examinations. Mock Trial develops students’ knowledge of the federal rules of evidence, courtroom procedure, witness examination, case-building, and more. Every element of the three hour trials is graded, making Mock Trial an activity that requires exquisite teamwork and endurance to be successful.
There are a lot of reasons PHC students choose to compete in Mock Trial. Pre-law students find mock trial valuable for the introduction it provides them to trial advocacy, procedure, and federal rules of evidence. Even students with no interest in law school love Mock Trial for its ability to develop communication skills, critical thinking, and teamwork.
Join one of the best pre-law programs in the nation. We believe that God calls Christians to serve in every area of culture, including law and government. By training leaders to communicate effectively, Christian students will be equipped to excel in their sphere of influence because they carry the truth and glory of God.
Competitive debate motivates students to exceed the bare minimum of knowledge, and builds the ability to articulate and defend a position against repeated attacks. Because of its rigorous and effective approach to education, forensics at PHC are not extra-curricular but co-curricular, a fully-recognized and vital element of PHC Academics.