by Web on April 20, 2016
The Millsaps College Mock Trial Team brought home the National Spirit of AMTA Award, which recognizes civility, justice, and fair play, from the American Mock Trial Bell Tower National Championship in Greenville, S.C. The team has won the coveted award at every level of competition. “It’s a great way to end the season,” said Millsaps Professor Harvey Fiser, who advises the team.
The Millsaps team finished its first trip to the National Championships with wins against Boston University and Howard University and two losses, finishing 34th out of 663 teams or top 5% of all teams in the country. “It’s an outstanding record, especially knowing that our losses were to the No. 1 team in the nation and the new national champions, Yale, and No. 3 American University," Fiser said. “Yale only lost two of its ballots. One of those ballots was to Millsaps Mock Trial.”
While the second smallest school headed to the national championships, Millsaps ended the season above teams from Stanford University, George Washington University, and the University of Michigan. Millsaps College made a great showing in a competition including Harvard, Yale, the University of Virginia, Duke, Columbia, UCLA, the University of Oregon, and Northwestern, to name a few.
Only in its fifth year, the Millsaps Mock Trial Team has grown to one of the largest programs in the southeast. From its own historic Mock Trial Courtroom on campus, the Mock Trial Team begins each season in August and competes through the spring semester. The team has won numerous awards over the past several years including best attorney awards, best witness awards, and top rankings in regional competitions earning a bid to the opening round championship series of the American Mock Trial Association national competition in three of their five years.
“The students competing on the Mock Trial Team are developing skills that will benefit them in their careers, whether they go on to law school or not,” said Fiser. “The work they do in preparation for competition certainly has a positive impact on their ability to gain entry to the best law schools in the country.”
On average, 90 percent of Millsaps graduates who apply for law school are admitted in their initial year of application.