Simulate a Real Courtroom Trial

St. Ambrose University began its Mock Trial Program in 2003. Mock Trial simulates a real courtroom trial with members serving as attorneys and witnesses.

The Mock Trial Program is part of the pre-law program, but being a pre-law student is not a requirement to join, nor is having previous mock trial experience. Interested members must have a willingness to work hard, learn, and enjoy the competition.

Anyone interested in Mock Trial should contact Coach Sarah Gorham ( or the Political Science Department.

2016-2017 Team
The St. Ambrose University Mock Trial Team is off to a great start for the 2016-2017 season! Six returning members, led by Captain William Cooper, have assisted a number of new members in prepping this year's mock trial civil case.

In October, the team traveled to the Peoria County Courthouse in Peoria, Illinois, and participated in a competition hosted by Bradley University. Returning member, Nick Pearce (at left), received an Outstanding Witness Award.

In November, the team traveled to the McLean County Courthouse in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, and participated in a competition hosted by Illinois State University.

The team also traveled to Murfreesboro, Tennessee, to participate in a tournament hosted by Middle Tennessee State University in which St. Ambrose competed against teams from throughout the Southern United States.
group of students

Of that four-round tournament, the team came away winning one round and partially tying two rounds. Students also had some time for sightseeing, including traveling to the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Stones River National Battlefield.

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