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The #1 Program in America

Team22Forensics competition prepares our students to excel in the public arena by teaching them to think deeply, speak articulately and write persuasively.

Patrick Henry College’s forensics program is the best in the nation. Our teams compete at the highest levels in Moot Court, Civic 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!


Past Season Results (2020-21) Mock Trial Rankings Moot Court Rankings

*Civic Debate national rankings not available

Prior 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
Susan Johnson

Forensics Program Director

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

Sue Johnson brings more than a decade of coaching and organizational experience in high school and collegiate Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Debate to her role as Patrick Henry College Forensics Program Director.

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. 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.

Forensics Photo Gallery

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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