Performing a mock trial offers multiple benefits, whether the mock is a general competition or is specific to your upcoming trial. Mock trial offers attorneys an opportunity to overcome nerves and hone trial skills before a supportive audience. Participation forces you to think on your feet and construct persuasive arguments and examinations in a limited period of time. While participation can be time-consuming, demanding, and even frustrating, the constructive criticism provided regarding your presentation skills and the impact of a key point on your jury may heavily influence your trial strategy or presentation. In this article, we provide insights derived from personal experiences either participating in or coaching a mock trial, and we encourage you to seek a rewarding and challenging mock trial experience for yourself.
Using Mock Trial to Your Advantage
For young litigators, transactional attorneys, and expert witnesses, mock trial is a valuable public-speaking experience. Even if you have a wealth of experience with your case, topic, or materials, a confident and competent presentation is vital. For some individuals, this comes easily, but more practice allows for polish and further development of a personal style that works for both you and your audience. Even if you have taken dozens of cases to trial, a mock trial experience can be used to prepare for a specific trial to test the strengths and weaknesses in your facts, legal arguments, and overall presentation.