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Millsaps College Mock Trial Team Headed to National Finals

by Web on March 22, 2016

The Millsaps College Mock Trial team is headed to the American Mock Trial Association’s National Championship Tournament, after defeating the team from Vanderbilt University in the opening round championship series in Memphis, Tennessee, on Sunday, March 20. The 32nd American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament will be held April 15-17 at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and presented by the Charleston School of Law.

Only 48 teams from across the nation make it to this tournament each year, out of over 600 teams. While the second smallest school headed to the National Championships, Millsaps ranks among the top seven percent of mock trial teams in the country, and will compete against teams from Harvard, Yale, University of Virginia, Duke, Columbia, UCLA, University of Oregon, and Northwestern, to name a few. A full list of the 48 teams is available at http://www.collegemocktrial.org/tournaments-/national-championship/nct-earned-bid-list/.

Only in its fifth year, the Millsaps Mock Trial Team, under the advisement of Professor Harvey Fiser, 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.