The Advocates

 

James Hippard Sr. Mock Trial Competitions

ABOUT THE JAMES HIPPARD SR. MOCK TRIAL COMPETITIONS
The Advocates host two James Hippard Sr. Mock Trial Competitions during the academic year: the Hippard Open (in the Fall Semester) and the Hippard Novice (in the Spring Semester). 

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.

UHLC students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend the Final Rounds in the Vinson & Elkins courtroom (111 TUII).

 

Helpful Competition Documents

Hippard Novice Competitor Rules

Openings Outline

Trial breakdown

Closings Outline

 

HIPPARD NOVICE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY (Spring Semester)
Any UHLC student who has completed less than a year on the any competition team, has not competed with the mock trial team, and has not taken Evidence or any Trial Advocacy is eligible to compete in Hippard Novice.

COURSE CREDIT & PRIZES
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. 

Click here to complete a Competition Credit Petition.

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.

LEARNING LUNCHES & COMPETITION SIGN UP
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.  The competition problem will be distributed to Competition Teams upon signing up.

Past James Hippard Sr. Mock Trial Competition Winners

 

Hippard Novice

Learning Lunches:
                Wednesday January 16th  at 12 PM & 5PM in 109BLB

Sign ups in the Commons:
                January 21st at 12PM and 5PM
                January 22st at 12PM and 5PM
                January 23st at 12PM and 5PM
                January 24st at 12PM and 5PM

Preliminary Rounds:
Friday, February 1st at 6 PM
Saturday, February 2nd at 10 AM
Saturday, February 2nd at 1:30 PM
Saturday, February 2nd at 4:30 PM
Quarter Finals:
                Monday, February 4th at 6:30 PM
Semi-Finals:
                Tuesday, February 5th at 6:30 PM
 Finals:
Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 PM in Krost Hall

For Credit Writing Assignment Due:
                Sunday, February 10th at 11:59PM

Any UHLC student who has completed less than a year on the any competition team, has not competed with the mock trial team, and has not taken Evidence or any Trial Advocacy is eligible to compete in Hippard Novice.

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Maddison West, the 2017-2018 Hippard Novice Mock Trial Competition Director.