Cal Poly Mock Trial

Interested in law? Thinking about law school? Looking to be a part of a fun extra-curricular activity? Every year, 600 teams of college students travel from across America to argue a fictitious legal case in front of real judges, as part of College Mock Trial. This is a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience in preparing and arguing a case. Cal Poly first started sending teams to regional Mock Trial competitions during the 2006-07 academic year. In 2017, our A-team earned a spot to compete at the national tournament.  

Opportunities to Participate

Mock Trial Class

Cal Poly offers a two-quarter sequence of classes designed to help teams prepare for competitions: POLS 295 (fall) and POLS 395 (winter). These for-credit classes are a great way to get ready for competitions while putting Mock Trial into the broader context of the American legal system. For more information about the class, email Todd Porter, Mock Trial professor and advisor. 

Club Teams

Students who can't take the Mock Trial class or want a double-dose of Mock Trial can sign up for Mock Trial Club Teams. Club teams have access to all the materials used by students in the Mock Trial class and work with other students and the Mock Trial advisor to compete in tournaments and scrimmages. Teams form at the beginning of the school year and attend tournaments and scrimmages throughout fall and winter quarter to prepare for regionals in February. Each team is comprised of 6-10 members of a variety of years, majors and level of Mock Trial experience. For more information, email

Who We Are

  • Meet the Board
  • Past Tournaments - Coming soon!
  • Past Awards - Coming soon!

Upcoming Events

Each year, the Cal Poly Mock Trial teams scrimmage and compete against other universities throughout the United States. Stay tuned for a 2021-22 event calendar! 


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