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Illinois Trial Team Informational Meeting
Who are we? A competitive mock trial team We get one case, and develop a prosecution and defense team We call our own witnesses
How does our team run? 2 seasons No experience necessary All majors! Tournaments in Iowa, Indiana, St. Louis, Chicago, Ohio
How long is the season? Invitiational Season Now – October Regular Season October – Feb./March Nationals – April
What is the Invitational Season? Randomly assigned teams Mix of skill levels, experience Compete in St. Louis October Invitational Captains- look for these faces at try-outs!
How is the regular season run? 3 teams divided based on performance, skill level, experience –Blue (most experienced) –Orange –Bears (least experienced) Equally competitive
Whats the level of commitment? Two practices per week (3 hours each) Extra practices when necessary 4-5 tournaments per year (weekends) Dues
Why do mock trial? Want to go to law school? Gain legal experience Gain 3 credit hours Our blue team goes to Vegas Meet new people, make new friends
CONNECTIONS. Want a job?
We have fun!
Try-Outs Next Week –Tuesday, September 4th –Wednesday, September 5th –Thursday, September 6 th –Friday, September 7 th Find the try-out packet online at IllinoisTrialTeam.com
Try-Outs TWO PARTS! 1. cross examination of a witness in the case 2. witness portrayal or monologue This building, Room K Examples on website: IllinoisTrialTeam.com
What is a cross examination? Try to bring out facts that hurt the other sides case. Ask yes or no questions. Control your witness. More examples on our website, IllinoisTrialTeam.com
How do I portray a witness? Get in to character. Know your affidavit. Make stuff up!
Monologue? Examples in try-out packet second monologue…maybe a minute? Be funny, serious, sad, crazy, foreign, strange… Be likeable!
What are we looking for? Two main roles –Attorneys –Witnesses Not restricted to one Know accents? Are you funny? Are you bilingual? Show us at try-outs!
Clinics If you have any questions about try-outs, come to a clinic! August 31 st at 5:30 pm, Room H September 3 rd at 5:30 pm, Room H Meet with a current mocker for 5ish minutes.
Bring this sheet to your try-out!
Questions? Alison Anderson (President) – Kelsey Chetosky (Vice-President External, Invitational Captain) – Katy Karayannis (Treasurer, Invitational Captain) – Meghan Bishop (Secretary, Invitational Captain) – Marley Nelson (Head Coach) – Look for these faces at try-outs and the clinics!
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