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Mock Trial Team

The Richmond Mock Trial team is a competetive club in which students act as attorneys or witnesses in simulated trials. Students travel across the country to compete with other schools in rounds that are judged by law students as well as practicing judges and attorneys. This year's team consists of approximately 45 students. They have travel to tournaments up and down the East Coast as such schools as Elon, Drexel, Penn, American, and Georgetown.

The University of Richmond Mock Trial program had an excellent Fall 2015 semester. A significant part of the program includes participating in inter-collegiate competitions, and the program welcomed ten new members on three different teams. After an early Fall of preparation, strategizing, and rehearsing, teams traveled everywhere from UC Berkeley to William & Mary to compete in national invitational mock trial tournaments.

While competing against a wide range of prominent schools, every UR team at every tournament came away with a winning record. Moreover, five UR competitors were recognized with prestigious individual awards.

In Spring 2016, all three UR Mock Trial teams will compete at official regional and national elimination tournaments, and the University of Richmond will host over 25 colleges and universities for the fourth annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Mock Trial Championship. The tournament will draw alumni judges, over 200 prospective law students, and representatives from the American Mock Trial Association

New Member Recruitment:
The Program attracted over 30 interested new students, who tried out for ten available spots on the team. After a three-week tryout period, we selected ten talented first year-students to be new members. Each went through our new member training program, was paired with a returning member mentor, and competed in at least one Fall tournament. All members are now matched to individually coached teams based on
experience level and are looking forward to a successful Spring as fully-participating members of the program.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society was founded in 1920 to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level. Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college and university students of government and political science in the United States. The University of Richmond’s Beta Xi chapter was founded in 1953.
To be selected, a student must have completed the following academic requirements:
(1)  Six units in political science at UR;
(2)  Three units of which must be at the 300 or 400 level;
(3)  Overall GPA of 3.3; and
(4)  Overall GPA of 3.5 in the major.

If you have questions about Pi Sigma Alpha please contact Dr. Monti Datta, faculty advisor.