Informal group photo of Gonzaga Mock Trial students.

Gonzaga Mock Trial

The Mock Trial Program at Gonzaga

Mock trial is a program in which students participate in rehearsed trials to learn about the legal system competitively. Students can have different roles in the judicial system, such as judges, lawyers, witnesses, etc. Gonzaga's Mock Trial student club is open to students, regardless of major, looking to improve their communication skills.

We Compete in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA)

Since Gonzaga's Mock Trial program inception in 1997, the university has had a rich history of success with national intercollegiate competitions in the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Across the United States, more than 650 teams from 350 colleges and universities compete in ATMA-sanctioned tournaments. Gonzaga's Mock Trial team has qualified for the Opening Round Championship Series 20 times and the National Championship several times. In 2001, Gonzaga Mock Trial acquired (and still holds) the national record for the most All-American Awards at any one national tournament, topping out at five awards.

Dr. Georgie Ann Weatherby, Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, created the program after she began teaching at Gonzaga in 1996. We invite you to tour the third floor of College Hall and view the trophy cases with memories of past tournament wins going back generations.
Some members of the 2018-19 Mock Trial Team

2nd Place Win at the Cactus Classic Invitational

The GU Mock Trial team placed 2nd out of 18 teams this weekend at the Cactus Classic Mock Trial Invitational hosted by University of Arizona! The Cactus Classic was first invitational tournament of the 2023-2024 season, getting things off to a great start!

Find out what's next for the Mock Trial Team.

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