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).
Information packet, fact pattern, and the stipulations
HIPPARD NOVICE MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY (Spring Semester)
The Hippard Novice Mock Trial Competition is open only to UHLC students with less than one year of experience on the UHLC Mock Trial Team, and/or those students who have not completed Trial Ad.
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
2018 Hippard Novice Learning Lunch: TBA
2018 Hippard Novice Signups: TBA
2018 Hippard Novice Competition Dates: February 16-17, 19, 21 & 23
For-Credit Writing Assignment Due by TBA
Do you have questions or need more information? Email Maddison West, the 2017-2018 Hippard Novice Mock Trial Competition Director.