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2023 Double Championships!

Celebrating Patrick Henry College's double championships in the 2023 AMCA Moot Court National Tournament. Patrick Henry College is now the # 1 program in oral advocacy, written advocacy, and overall program!

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Forensics competition prepares our students to excel in the public arena by teaching them to think deeply, speak articulately and write persuasively.

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Patrick Henry College’s forensics program is the best in the nation. Our teams compete at the highest levels in Moot Court, Debate, and Mock Trial, and numerous championship banners and trophies demonstrate our heritage of excellence. Yet the most important aspect of our program is the dedication and focus of our coaches, students, and alumni on elevating Christ in everything they do.

The forensics program is a key differentiator for the college and is unique in both structure and results. We offer more forensics scholarships than any other college in the nation, and a significant portion of our students—scholarship and non-scholarship—benefit from the personal and spiritual growth our forensics program provides. Learn more through the links below!


Moot Court Rankings     Mock Trial Rankings      

Debate national rankings not available.


Season Results (2022-23)Season Results (2021-22)

Season Results (2020-21)

Season Results (2019-20)

“It’s really, really important to overcome fear in speaking, because sharing the Gospel requires the exact same skills. It’s not enough to just give speeches; we also have to be able to engage with someone back and forth.”
– Thomas Siu, Government, Class of 2018, AMCA National Champion

Director - Forensics Program

Susan H. Johnson
shjohnson@phc.edu | 540-441-8044

Sue has served as the PHC Forensics Program Director since fall of 2019, bringing more than a decade of prior coaching and organizational experience in high school and collegiate Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Debate to that role.

Serving on the Boards of Directors for the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA), American Moot Court Association (AMCA), and National High School Mock Trial Competition (NHSMTC), she is deeply involved in the forensics community nationwide. Sue has been published in the North Carolina State Bar Journal and various newsletters and has authored or co-authored more than a dozen mock trial cases at the high school and collegiate levels. She earned her B.A., summa cum laude, and M.P.H., magna cum laude, from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, as well as a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. While in North Carolina, Sue was recognized as an NC “Woman of Justice” for her service to the legal profession and broader community. In her spare time, Sue enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing with their two active Aussiedoodle puppies. As a strong supporter of Patrick Henry College, Sue is passionate about developing young men and women to lead the nation and shape the culture for Christ. 

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Haynes Class

Pre-Law Advising | Best in the Nation

By training leaders to communicate effectively, Christian students will be equipped to excel in their sphere of influence because they carry the truth for glory of God. 

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