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JANUARY 2016 - Mock Trials
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Volunteer Mock Trial Judges Needed 

UCLA’s Mock Trial Program seeks volunteer judges, attorneys or law students to serve as Presiding Judges or Scoring Judges for two important tournaments in 2016:

1.    The 2016 UCLASSIC Mock Trial Tournament on January 16 – 18, 2016 (at UCLA). The trials are scheduled for Saturday afternoon, January 16 (Round 1), Sunday, January 17 (Rounds 2 & 3) and Monday morning, January 18 (Round 4) at the UCLA Anderson School and UCLA Law School. 

2.    The 2016 Opening Round of the National Championship on March 12 – 13, 2016 (at the Santa Monica Courthouse).  The trials are scheduled for Saturday, March 12 (Round 1 in the AM and Round 2 in the PM) and Sunday, March 13 (Round 3 in the AM and Round 3 in the PM). No law students can judge in this tournament.

Please read the information below and sign-up to volunteer one of two ways:

1.    Register as a volunteer at the following link by providing the requested information:

            Mock Trial Volunteer Judge Registration Link

            or copy the following link to your web browser:

2.    Contact Prof. Gonzalo Freixes at

General Mock Trial Program Information

The UCLA Mock Trial Teams participate in the American Collegiate Mock Trial Association program.  Over 600 teams from colleges around the nation compete by presenting the Plaintiff or Defense side of a mock civil or criminal case, including Opening Statements, Direct & Cross Examination of witnesses and Closing Arguments.  Students must follow the rules of evidence of the “State of Midlands” (an imaginary state that follows the Federal Rules of Evidence).  Many California universities field teams at these tournaments, including UCLA, USC, Cal, Stanford, UCI, USCD, UCSB, Cal-Poly and the Claremont colleges.  Teams from around the U.S. also compete.  By judging you help students from these fine universities prepare for the regional and national championship tournaments.

2016 UCLA Tournaments Information

40 teams will compete at the January UCLASSIC Tournament and the top 24 teams in the Western U.S. will compete at the March tournament.  The students will present the Prosecution or Defense side in the case of People v. Bancroft or Covington.  This criminal case involves the alleged bribery of a public official (Covington) by a casino owner (Bancroft).  Prosecution teams elect which of these individuals they will prosecute.  Different witnesses and legal defenses (entrapment) are available depending on which defendant is prosecuted.

Trials will be held at the UCLA Anderson School and Law School (UCLASSIC tournament in January) or at the Santa Monica Courthouse (March tournament).  Free parking and meals will be provided to our volunteers.  We seek volunteer attorneys, judges and law students to act as trial judge and/or scoring judge in each trial.  The trials are a fun and rewarding experience for volunteers.  For attorneys with aspirations to sit on the bench one day, it’s a great opportunity to be a bench officer in a very realistic case.  We let you choose whether to act as the Presiding Judge (ruling on evidence & exhibits) or a Scoring Judge. You may volunteer for more than one trial.  Please share this flier with other members of your firm.

Volunteer Information

Trials typically last 2 to 2.5 hours and are strictly timed.  Volunteers will receive a link containing the Rules of Evidence, the witness affidavits and the mock trial rules.  You need not prepare or read any documents in advance of the trials.  One presiding trial judge (must be an attorney or judge) will be needed for each trial (as the bench officer overseeing the trial and making evidentiary rulings).  The winning team is based on total points received from scores awarded for Openings, Closings, Examinations and Witness Performances.  We will outline these procedures at the training sessions prior to each round.

We will send you confirmations and detailed tournament information about 2-3 weeks prior to the tournament.  If you can serve as a volunteer for one or more sessions/rounds, please go to the registration link above or contact Prof. Freixes at  We appreciate your support!