Mock Trial

Mock Trial at Wittenberg University is an educational and co-curricular activity combining the challenge of rigorous academic pursuit with the excitement of intercollegiate competition.

As a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Wittenberg joins hundreds of other colleges and universities competing to become the next AMTA national champion. Each fall, AMTA releases a mock trial case which teams nationwide work through in order to present the best possible case as both the Plaintiff and the Defense.

Students who participate in mock trial at Wittenberg may be eligible to take mock trial as a class and earn academic credit. Class meetings are generally Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the season. The mock trial season lasts from August until April and affords students the opportunity to travel to compete in a variety of tournaments and competitions. Students that compete in mock trial have the opportunity to win both team and individual awards, and some law schools have begun offering scholarships tied to mock trial performance.

Mock trial is not just for students considering law school. It is an exciting and fun activity for all students and provides opportunities to improve skills in public speaking, debate, critical thinking, acting, teamwork and more. Many mock trial alums choose to enter the workforce directly upon graduation, pursue graduate studies in a field other than law, or enter public service. Whatever career path they choose, mock trial provides the skills and confidence to succeed after the conclusion of undergraduate studies.

Tryouts for the team are held each spring with successful candidates invited to join the team the following fall. A limited number of spots may also be filled fall semester. Any student interested in joining the team should contact Chris Leapley at


About the Coach

Chris Leapley joined Wittenberg University as the Mock Trial Coach and Pre-Law Advisor in the fall of 2023. He brings nearly two decades of civil litigation experience to the position. A former mock trial competitor, coach and judge himself, Leapley is passionate about teaching students how to be better advocates and critical thinkers. In addition to serving as the Mock Trial Coach, Mr. Leapley advises Wittenberg students considering law school and teaches law-based courses on campus.  In addition to his duties at Wittenberg, Mr. Leapley continues to be involved with the representation of public entities involved in a wide of active litigation, including disputes arising out of constitutional and civil rights matters, land-use, tort liability, environmental disputes, and employment and employee benefit disputes.

2023-2024 Competition Schedule

  • October 28 – 29, 2023: Scarlet and Gray Invitational, Ohio State University
  • January 20 -21, 2024: Kent State Golden Flashes Mock Trial Invitational, Kent State University
  • February 2024: AMTA Regional Tournament, TBD
  • March 2024: AMTA Opening Round Championship Tournament, TBD
  • April 2024: AMTA National Championship Tournament, Chicago, Illinois


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