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
Hippard Open Information Packet

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Hippard Open Mock Trial Problem Stipulations

Hippard Open Mock Trial Problem

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.


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.
The sign up period begins at the Learning Lunch, and interested students can also sign up at The Advocates table in The Commons.  Sign up will end on September 6, 2018.  The competition problem will be distributed to Competition Teams no later than September 7, 2018.



  • 2018 Hippard Open Learning Lunch:             August 28, 2018
  • 2018 Hippard Open Signups:                         August 28 – September 6, 2018
  • 2018 Hippard Open Competition Dates:        September 14-19, 2018
  • For-Credit Writing Assignment Due:             September 30, 2018

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Kathryn Laflin, the 2018-2019 Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition Director.