All judges assign the competitors a score of 1-10 based on their performances. The team whose competitors have racked up the most points after closing arguments wins the round!
Judges make mock trials possible. During a round, which includes opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments, there must be a presiding judge to rule on motions and objections and scoring judges to watch and evaluate the teams' performances. The scoring judges also serve as the "jury" for the purposes of the trial.
What do judges do?
Why be a judge?
The men and women who have judged for us in the past rave about their experience. Mock Trials are not just intellectual competition--they are performances, which we believe you will find entertaining, complex, and impressive.
Mock Trial is a tool many students use to explore their interest in studying law. Volunteering with our school's Mock Trial program is an excellent way for you to show your support for undergraduate education and the legal profession. We often hear that undergraduate competitors are inspiring to judges--it's important to realize that the inspiration goes both ways!
When and where?
Our AMTA Regional Tournament is held on the beautiful College of William & Mary campus in Williamsburg, VA.
Judges can volunteer for one (or more!) of four rounds. The rounds take place as follows:
Saturday, Feb. 16: 10:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, Feb. 16: 2:45pm-5:45pm
Sunday, Feb. 17: 10:00am-1:00pm
Sunday, Feb. 17: 2:45pm-5:45pm
Judges should arrive one hour before each round for our orientation and complimentary meal!
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