Mock Trial

The University of Central Florida is proud to host the American Mock Trial Association’s Southeastern Regional Tournament every year. AMTA’s Regional Tournaments are the first round of the American Mock Trial Association’s annual national tournaments. The top teams from each regional tournament advance and compete in the Opening Round Championship Series in March.

Following the registration deadline, AMTA will assign all registered teams to a regional tournament and announce those team assignments in November shortly before Thanksgiving.

Jan 31 - Feb 2

The 2020 AMTA’s Southeastern Regional Mock Trial Tournament is scheduled for January 31- February 2 at the University of Central Florida, located in beautiful Orlando. Each school must register with AMTA by the annual deadline to be eligible for placement in AMTA's Regional tournaments. For more information, please visit the tournament page.

How to Participate

For information regarding the AMTA’s Southeastern Regional Mock Trial Tournament, please contact Tournament Director Margarita Koblasz.

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Can you Judge the Competition?

Each year the University of Central Florida relies on volunteers from our legal community to judge the four rounds of our competition. Approximately fifty judges are needed for each round (two hundred judges total) to ensure that the high standards of the American Mock Trial Association are met to provide fair, unbiased feedback to our competitors. CLE credits approved by the Florida Bar are routinely available for bar members who volunteer their time for this tournament. Law students, attorneys and judges are welcome to volunteer.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Judge’s Registration Form. For any questions regarding judging, please contact Tournament Director Margarita Koblasz.

Moot Court

Moot Court is recognized as one of the most rigorous and prestigious programs in all of legal education. Members of the UCF Moot Court Program are the highest quality of advocates and orators, who collaborate on the merits of ethics, case law and representation.

South Atlantic Regional Tournament Information

Regional tournaments act as a qualifying tournament for teams wishing to compete at the ACMA National Tournament at the beginning of the year. The top 20% of teams at each regional tournament will receive an automatic invitation to the national tournament. To compete in the national tournament, teams must first compete in an ACMA-sanctioned regional tournament.

At the regional tournaments, two-person teams will be required to present oral arguments in three preliminary rounds. Each team will represent both petitioner and respondent. Order of argument and matching teams will be determined randomly. 24 teams will break into the finals in single eliminations rounds.

To register or learn more, contact Assistant Tournament Director Katie Connolly.

Important Documents

Mediation Team

Compete in groups of three to simulate the mediation process. You will strengthen your debate and negotiation skills. Open to all majors.

Interested in learning more or joining the team? Contact Dr. Elizabeth Gillham.

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