James J. Hippard Open Mock Trial

Competition Rules

Hippard Open Learning Lunch Recording
Password: 318233

Witness and Partner Search: If you are looking for a partner or witnesses, or if you want to be a witness, put your information on this spreadsheet:

How to Register:
*Registration will close Monday, October 31 at 11:59PM*

Step 1
Pay for your team on PayPal and make sure to save your confirmation number. There are 3 options: (1) $20 if both team members are also Advocates members, (2) $100 if both team members are non-Advocates members, or (3) $60 for half and half.
**Please note in the payment for the names of each teammate and “Hippard Open Mock Trial”***

Step 2
Fill out this Google Form.

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 – Thursday, October 27 at 12 PM
Registration Starts – Thursday, October 27 at 12 PM
Registration Ends – Monday, October 31 at 11:59 PM
Competition – Nov. 11-13

Tentative Competition Schedule

  • Friday, November 11, Rounds at 9 AM & 2 PM
  • Saturday, November 12, TBD
  • Sunday, November 13, Rounds at 10 AM & 2 PM

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