The Advocates


James Hippard Sr. Mock Trial Competitions

Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition
A Hippard Mock Trial Competition Team is composed of two UHLC students who prepare and argue the case for both sides, including opening statements, direct and cross examinations, and closing arguments.  Each team must also recruit witnesses to provide the live testimony.  Competition rounds are judged by volunteers from the Houston legal community judge who frequently offer competitors feedback at the end of their rounds to help them improve their skills.  Teams are scored on their Motion In Limine, opening statements, direct & cross examinations, closing arguments, objections, courtroom presence, and demeanor.

Information packet, fact pattern, and the stipulations

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2019 Hippard Open Information Packet

2019 Hippard Open Mock Trial Learning Lunch Recording

UHLC students can earn 1 hour of non-substantive competition credit by (1) making a good-faith effort in the Competition and (2) completing and timely submitting the writing assignment for the Competition that is described in the Competition Rules. 

The Competition Teams that advance to the Final Round will receive a cash prize.  The Best Speaker in the Final Round of each competition will also be recognized. Hippard Open sign up will go live on October 15th at noon. Participates must register in teams here


The Advocates will kick off the signup period for each Competition with a Learning Lunch on campus that will provide an orientation to mock trial competition and tips for competitors. Hippard Open sign up will go live on October 15th at noon. Participates must register in teams here



  • The 2019 Learning Sessions for Hippard Open will be held on October 15 in TUII 211. The lunch session will be from 12-1 and the evening session will be from 5-6.
  • The sign up period for Hippard Open will begin on Tuesday, October 15, and will end on Tuesday, October 22.
  • The competition packet will be sent out on October 24 at 1pm.



Do you have questions or need more information? Email Kristen Nelson (, the 2019-2020 Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition Director.