In mock trial, student teams participate in trials that follow legal procedures to simulate real litigation. Acting as lawyers, each team has the opportunity to present both the prosecution and the defense cases to real judges, and volunteer attorneys score their presentations. Students also act as the witnesses, clerks and bailiffs in the trials.
The team is coached by attorney and Juniata alumnus David P. Andrews
“I’ve been very impressed already,” says Mr. Andrews, “The students have been very prepared and there’s an obvious desire to be successful.”
Andrews has coached mock trial teams at both the high school and collegiate level, most recently coaching a team for Mount Aloysius College. Andrews also co-coached the Altoona Area High School mock trial team for 10 years, leading the team to a state championship in 2014 and a top-20 finish at the national competition.