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Join the Carthage Mock Trial Team, learn more at TODAY’S info session

  • A Mock Trial tournament


Michael Phegley

April 09, 2019

If you are considering applying to law school upon completion of your undergraduate degree, or if you simply want to improve upon your critical thinking, public speaking, negotiation, and team building skills, the Carthage Mock Trial Team is your opportunity to achieve those goals. Mock Trial is a class (CRJ 3300) taught each fall from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays. Students can also join the team as a one or two credit independent study.

An information meeting will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9 in Clausen 204. Questions? Email Professor Michael Phegley at

About Carthage College Mock Trial

  • National Championship Qualifier in 2016
  • Ranked 43rd nationally out of 650+ teams in 2016
  • Finished in the top 15% of all teams nationally in 2019
  • Opening Round Championship Series Qualifier 2010, 2012, 2016 and 2019

Students experience firsthand an understanding of trial court procedure, the rules of evidence, and the litigation process. Students receive a fictional case from the American Mock Trial Association and are assigned attorney and/or witness roles within their teams. Teams then prepare their case and travel to different colleges and universities to compete in tournaments against other schools. Tournaments consist of four rounds over two days. The rounds alternate with each team presenting both the plaintiff/prosecution case and the defense case. Teams work together to continually improve their case with the common goal of successfully representing Carthage College in the Regional and National Tournaments.