Ballard Spahr LLP Mock Trial

A mock trial competition allows students, in small teams, to conduct a trial usually in front of a jury. The case might be a civil or a criminal trial.

Students advance in the competition based on a combination of their preliminary Opening Statement and Cross Examination scores. Four teams advance to the Semi-Final rounds, and two teams advance to the Final round. Awards are given to the first- and second-place teams. In addition, individual awards are given for the Best Advocate, Best Opening Statement, and Best Cross Examination.

Who Can Participate?

The competition is open to all second- and third-year UCI Law students.  All rounds of the competition will be judged by distinguished members of the bench and bar.

External Mock Trial Competitions

Successful participation in the intra-school competition as a second-year student is a pre-requisite for eligibility to compete in external competitions.  External competitions are limited to third-year students. Click here for additional information on UCI Law’s policies on external competitions, and to access an application form.


The Law School’s Mock Trial program is supported by a generous gift from Ballard Spahr LLP. It is a student-run program with a faculty advisor.

Current Competition

Past Competitions