From October Invitationals to April Nationals, we compete against schools across the nation in simulated trials. At the beginning of the school year, we’re given a case packet that we’ll use throughout the year as the basis for these trials. Each trial, attorneys score the two competing teams. In order to win, we must debate. In practice, we discuss the strengths and weaknesses of every case theory that we can think of. It’s up to us to work as a team to prepare the most intelligent, compelling arguments. In trial, we have to persuade the jury of our argument while disproving the other team’s. And then we have to flip sides and argue the opposing side of the case. We pride ourselves on always developing the most innovative and persuasive theories. And we have to be good on our feet. When we’re hit with something unexpected – an unanticipated objection or cross-examination question – we have to adapt to the situation and respond confidently and convincingly. We work with every member to improve their debate and impromptu skills, and put that into practice in the courtroom.
If you’re a debater, you should rush Yale Mock Trial.