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The SDSU Mock Trial team was established in October 2015. (Credit: SDSU Mock Trial) The SDSU Mock Trial team was established in October 2015. (Credit: SDSU Mock Trial)
 


Preparing for the Real Thing

The SDSU Mock Trial team offers an opportunity for students to act as lawyers in a simulated setting.
By Katie Stanchis
 

“If even just one student comes up to me at the end of the year and says that they now know law is for them because of this experience, that's a better feeling than winning 100 competitions.”

The San Diego State University Mock Trial team is preparing for its first competition of the year, which is scheduled for Nov. 19-20.

Mock trial is an opportunity for students to act as lawyers in a simulated setting. This organization equips students with the skills required for the legal profession as well as a chance to determine if they are headed down the right career path.

Founding president, Connor Hume, launched the club in October 2015 with the help of Megan Hanson, Kat Hupke and Gaby Rosales.

"I originally wanted to do this because I like law and mock trials having done it in high school, but now if even just one student comes up to me at the end of the year and says that they now know law is for them because of this experience, that's a better feeling than winning 100 competitions," Hume said.

At the beginning of the year, students receive witness statements and evidence. Teams work for months to prepare to act as the attorneys and witnesses on one side of the case before competing against other university teams in actual court rooms with real judges presiding.

Members of the organization also attend résumé workshops, guest lectures and company tours. There are also opportunities for internships and professional networking.

“Professionally, Mock Trial has allowed me to extend my network of lawyers working in the field,” Hume said. "The pre-law community works so hard to help each other out, and professionals always want to provide more resources. Most of my internships come because of people I've met through this organization.”

Hume encourages interested students to attend one of their meetings, which are held at 4 p.m. every Thursday in Atzlan Room 230A in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union. For more information, visit the Mock Trial webpage or Facebook page.