Broncos Mock Trial
Mock Trial teaches students the basic trial lawyering skills, including criminal and civil law, rules on presenting evidence in court, how to question witnesses properly and courtroom demeanor. Students compete at regional competitions each year and hold regular team practices. Students must enroll in PLS 308 in the Fall quarter to participate in Mock Trial.
2017-2018 Mock Trial
Club President - Kristen Khair (email@example.com)
Faculty Advisor - Raul Sabado (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Former Mock Trial Presidents
2016-2017: Jared Gonzalez
2015-2016: Stephanie Baeza
2014-2015: Stephanie Baeza
2013-2014: Andrew Rodriguez
2012-2013: Priya Patel
About Mock Trial
The Cal Poly Mock Trial Program is composed of the introductory mock trial class (PLS 308), the Cal Poly Mock Trial Association, and the teams. All team members are required to take Prof. Sabado’s mock trial class prior to joining the teams. PLS 308 teaches students the basic trial lawyering skills, including criminal and civil law, rules on presenting evidence in court, how to question witnesses properly and courtroom demeanor. The class is taught in a law school-like environment using the Socratic Method. This method results in college level students rivaling the courtroom skills of licensed attorneys. The class is offered only once a year during the fall quarter.
Students who perform well in class are invited to join the teams that will represent Cal Poly at the regional and national competitions during the winter quarter. The teams begin to form during the fall quarter, consisting mainly of veteran members. Students enrolled in the class who have expressed interest in joining the teams, demonstrated a clear commitment and have performed exceedingly well are often offered the privilege of joining the teams before conclusion of the class.