What Is Mock Trial?
Mock Trial is an extracurricular program offered at colleges and universities across the country. Unlike most extracurricular programs, Mock Trial is also a three unit criminology course. Each trial simulates an actual jury trial. Each side (Plaintiff/Prosecution or Defense) offers opening statements, witness examinations, and closing arguments. Teams are scored on their ability to present a persuasive and professionally delivered case theory. Lawyers on both sides must be able to think quickly on their feet and reconstruct their case as the trial develops. Trials are always fast-paced, suspenseful, and exhilarating.
The Fresno State Mock Trial Team is currently participating in its fourth year of practice. Since our humble beginnings in 2005, we have quickly become a formidable contender in the Northern California Region as well as on the National spectrum.
The team was founded by Professor Harvey Wallace and Gordon Park, two well-known attorneys with strong commitments to Fresno State. Sadly, Professor Wallace passed away in 2007 just after the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) allowed us the privilege of hosting our first-ever Regional Tournament. As a result of this tragedy, Gordon Park became a professor at Fresno State in order to allow the program to continue. In February 2008, the team honored Professor Wallace by hosting the Harvey Wallace Northern California Regional in his memory.
Becoming a Team Member
We are constantly looking for new talent, so if you plan on pursuing a career in law, dramatic arts, or just want to learn about legal procedure in a fun and immersive environment, don't hesitate to contact us.
More about what's involved in joining the team is available here.
Aside from learning important legal procedure and strategy, team members compete in invitationals and tournaments across the country. This season, we participated in events stretching from UCLA to Yale and everywhere in between. Contact a team executive now to find out why Mock Trial is the most exciting extracurricular activity offered here at Fresno State!