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Hello friends and supporters of UMBC Mock Trial! We are asking for your help as we prepare for our seventh competitive season. We're fundraising to attend some of the best Mock Trial tournaments in the country, and we can't get there without additional funding.
What is UMBC Mock Trial?
Mock Trial is a courtroom simulation in which two teams composed of three attorneys and three witnesses compete against one another. Each team presents an opening statement, a closing argument, three direct examinations, and three cross examinations. This fantastic experience allows our team of 20+ future lawyers and scholars to develop and hone vital critical thinking and public speaking skills, and showcases UMBC's academic excellence to the rest of the country.
Over the last several seasons, the UMBC Mock Trial program has proudly represented our school at tournaments across the country. This past season was our most successful yet, as we earned our first-ever bid to the National Championship Tournament , earned two bids to the Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS), and moved into the top 100 teams in the country. Less than seven percent of teams nationwide make the National Championship Tournament - 48 teams out of nearly 700 - and we were the only school in Maryland to earn a bid in 2017. This was also the third year in a row that we advanced a team to ORCS, the second round of the Mock Trial playoffs.
Every Mock Trial season consists of invitational tournaments in the fall semester and American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) playoff tournaments in the spring semester. Invitational tournaments consume the majority of our budget as we have to pay both the invitational fee to the hosting school and hotel costs for overnight trips.
This coming season, we have been invited to some of the most high-profile invitational tournaments in the country , including:
We are working hard to prepare for this busy season, but we need your help too. Each of the tournaments has registration fees and most of the tournaments require overnight stays. Now that we are a nationally recognized team, we have the opportunity to compete against elite teams across the country, but our current funding is not enough to cover the additional trips. Through your generosity we can continue to build a program that will represent UMBC with pride across the nation.
Where will the money go?
The UMBC College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Provost and Finance Board have generously provided some funding-- but we need to make up the gap in order to attend our two most expensive tournaments: Yale and Cornell.
Your gift today will help us pay for the registration fees and lodging reservation for these fast-approaching events. Any additional funds will be used to purchase demonstrative exhibits, other trial materials, and additional lodging for members of our team.
Your donation will help us continue our success and continue our growth as a team. We can't do this without your help!
Although a donation would be appreciated, you don't need to give us money to help us succeed! We'll be sharing this campaign all over social media - on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , and our website - and you can share this project with anyone you think would support us. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at UMBCMockTrial@UMBC.edu.
We love competing for UMBC at tournaments across the country - help us get there!
All funds raised are administered by the UMBC Foundation for the benefit of UMBC.