Since the 1970s, the Penn Mock Trial team has traveled around the country to compete in some of the most prestigious tournaments - providing outlets for future lawyers, actors, debaters, and public speakers to refine their craft.


Mock trial refers to the act of simulating a trial. It is often conducted by students in order to understand trial rules and processes in a trial. A mock trial will simulate lower-court trials, conducting all the procedures of an original trial in an abbreviated form.

It’s a mix of public speaking, acting and debating. It’s having the skill to take the stand and be a ridiculous eye-witness, a grieving mother or a serious doctor. It’s dominating the courtroom and swaying an entire jury box to vote in your favor. It’s sharp suits, fiery rebuttals, and fast paced objection battles. 

It’s also the opportunity to be part of one of the most tight-knit, diverse and exciting families at Penn. It’s traveling around the country, competing at schools like Yale, UVA, Cornell, NYU and UC Irvine (that’s right, we might fly you out to California). It’s being part of a team and fighting together for victory.

Mock trial is fast-paced, intense, highly competitive and extremely rewarding.

Are you up for the challenge? 

For more information on Mock Trial, visit the website of the American Mock Trial Association, the governing organization of collegiate Mock Trial in the United States. 

Through engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other institutions, students develop critical thinking and public speaking skills, as well as a knowledge of legal practices and procedures.
— American Mock Trial Association (