James J. Hippard Open Mock Trial

Hippard Open Mock Trial 2021

Hippard Open Mock Trial Registration

Mock Trial Information Sheet

A Hippard Mock Trial Competition Team is composed of two UHLC students who prepare and argue the case for both sides, including opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, and closing arguments.  Each team must also recruit witnesses to provide live testimony.  Competition rounds are judged by volunteers from the Houston legal community judge who frequently offer competitors feedback at the end of their rounds to help them improve their skills.  Teams are scored on their Motion In Limine, opening statements, direct & cross-examinations, closing arguments, objections, courtroom presence, and demeanor.


UHLC students can earn 1 hour of non-substantive competition credit by (1) making a good-faith effort in the Competition and (2) completing and timely submitting the writing assignment for the Competition that is described in the Competition Rules. 

The Competition Teams that advance to the Final Round will receive a cash prize.  The Best Speaker in the Final Round of each competition will also be recognized.


The Advocates will kick off the signup period for each Competition with a Learning Lunch that will provide an orientation to mock trial competition and tips for competitors.

Learning Lunch – Sept. 1
Registration Starts – Sept. 1
Registration Ends – Sept. 5
Competition – Sept. 16-18

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Stasja Drecun, Director of the Hippard Open Mock Trial Competition.