Mock Trial is a participatory immersion-based course designed to develop and hone students' critical thinking skills by learning and applying elements of the judicial trial process on a weekly basis. As students gain mastery over trial concepts, they will be asked to select from, employ, and evaluate multiple strategies to inform, argue, critique, and persuade.
Students test the concepts and techniques they learn in the course by competing in Mock Trial tournaments each semester. Select students in the course also have the opportunity to represent Hillsdale College at the AMTA Mock Trial Tournament National Championship series each spring. In its first competitive season, Hillsdale College's Mock Trial team won the Emerging Team award at the Loras College National Invitational Mock Trial Tournament held January 28-29, 2011.
Mock Trial is part of Hillsdale College's Theatre and Speech Department and is coached by Hillsdale alumnus, attorney, and Assistant Director of Career Services Keith Miller. For more information, contact Mr. Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Dr. Kirstin Kiledal, Director of Speech, at email@example.com.
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