Mock Trial Camp

Stetson Young Scholars Mock Trial Camp

Thinking about becoming a lawyer? 

  • Prepare and deliver arguments with and against experienced trial attorneys and other students in front of actual trial judges in matches designed to develop your trial skills.
  • Have dinner with attorneys, law school staff and law students making contacts to prepare for your future career.
  • Learn the ins and outs of public speaking and logical evidence.

The Stetson Undergraduate Mock Trial Team has enjoyed much success in the last decade and has traveled all over the country competing and placing in various tournaments. The Mock Triall team has enjoyed the benefits of the Stetson College of Law School Trial Team, which has been and remains established as the leading trial team in the nation. The faculty advisor and mentor of the Stetson Undergraduate Mock Trial Team is excited to host this camp to encourage experienced high school mock "trial-ers" and first-timers alike to develop their trial, debate and speaking skills. Your level of participation will be optional but learning will be inevitable.

Bio: Sven Smith, JD, PhD, has been an attorney since 1999, working in the courtroom in commercial, criminal and administrative matters. He has tried over 30 cases and handled over a hundred motions in these respective courtrooms. Dr. Smith has been the faculty advisor for the award-winning Stetson Mock Trial undergraduate team for 8 years. He has been working at Stetson for over 15 years in various capacities and has taught 18 different courses in criminology, sociology of law, and law-related courses at Stetson University, University of Florida, and the University of Chicago. He has been published as a co-author over 15 times in criminology, sociology, psychology, and law journals/books and has a journal article regarding gun ownership, media and crime awaiting press. He has dedicated himself to the study of law (jurisprudence) and law-related science including working as a staffed researcher at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago, the think tank for the American Bar Association.

Tentative Schedule and Plan

The camp will be led and facilitated by Dr. Sven Smith with support from the Munizzi Law Firm. In the past we have had such professionals joining us throughout the week in person or via Skype/Zoom as:

  • Stetson alum and attorney Alex Ercolani from the Munizzi Law Firm. 
  • Raul Zambrano-Chief Circuit Judge Stetson Law, Stetson Undergraduate
  • Danny Humphrey-mock trial extraordinaire- Fordham law school, federal clerk and Fla Supreme Court clerk, Stetson undergraduate
  • Alan Hinderleider-Emory Law, Attorney General’s Office, Stetson Undergraduate
  • Nate Bodger-Law Student-Environmental Law-Columbia Law Stetson Undergraduate
  • Elijah Campbell-Law Student UPenn Law Stetson Undergraduate
  • Robyn Kramer-Trial Attorney-Emory Law

Monday: Introduction

  • Morning (9 a.m.-Noon): Learn the basics of judicial process/evidence and practice opening statements
  • Lunch (Noon-1 p.m.): Icebreaker
  • Afternoon (1 p.m.-4 p.m.): Report back on the icebreaker, introduction of mock trial package facts, assignment of groups to Plaintiff or Defendant, discuss the opening statement, assign homework for Tuesday
  • Evening (5 p.m.): Dinner with Attorney

Tuesday: Open Arguments: Content and Practice

  • Morning (9 a.m.-Noon): Learn opening statements and closing arguments and practice with an in-class exercise
  • Lunch(Noon-1 p.m.): Icebreaker and constructing arguments
  • Afternoon (1 p.m.-4 p.m.): Report back on an icebreaker and use the first half of session constructing argument/second half on practicing it in groups
  • Evening (5 p.m.): Dinner with Attorney

Wednesday,: Direct and Cross-Examination: Content and Practice

  • Morning (10 a.m.-Noon): Learn Federal Evidence Code for the first half of the session and then construct direct examination/construct cross-examination
  • Lunch (Noon-1 p.m.): Groups of 2 to work on direct examination
  • Afternoon(1 p.m.-4 p.m.): Practice direct and cross-examination
  • Evening(5 p.m.): Dinner with Attorney 

Thursday: Closing Arguments: Content and Practice

  • Morning (9 a.m.-Noon): Practice direct and cross-examination, followed by a brief lecture on closing arguments. Construct a closing argument
  • Lunch (Noon-1 p.m.): Practice closing arguments without notes
  • Afternoon (1 p.m.-4 p.m.): Small class practice closing arguments. Practice opening statements and closing arguments with judges
  • Evening (5 p.m.): Dinner with Law Student

Friday: Start Trial

  • Trial(s) 
  • Complete exit interviews-Check-out

Classroom Requirements and Courtroom

  • Pen and paper
  • Courtroom attire for one day (suit)
  • Laptop is optional
This is an overnight camp. Stetson University does not provide linens, towels or toiletries. Please remember to bring the following and anything else that will make your stay even more enjoyable.
  • Pillow(s)
  • Sheets (Twin XL) – You can bring a sleeping bag if you would like
  • Blanket
  • Towels
  • Washcloth
  • Toiletries (Soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant)
  • Shower shoes (if you desire)
  • Medications
  • Glasses/contacts, solutions, and a case for contacts
  • Laundry soap (If you are going to be staying for an extended period of time, there are washers and dryers available free of cost. You must provide your own laundry soap).

Linens are able to be rented at an additional cost.

Registration Information

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Dates: Summer 2022 TBA

Overnight Camp Cost:
$825

A $50 non-refundable registration fee is required at the time of registration. Payment is due in full one month prior to camp beginning. Failure to pay in full by the deadline will result in the cancellation of your registration.

Need-based scholarships are available. Please contact young-scholars@stetson.edu to find out more.

 

Payments can be made online or over the phone. For more information, please contact Stetson Young Scholars at
386-822-7100 or young-scholars@stetson.edu