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2 J. Experiential Learning 63 (2017-2018)
Four Variations in Delivery and Design of Mock Trial for the Undergraduate Student

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Kopko et al.: Mock Trial for the Undergraduate Student


   FOUR VARIATIONS IN DELIVERY AND
      DESIGN OF MOCK TRIAL FOR THE
          UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

    KYLE  C. KOPKO,  GRANT   KEENER,  PAULA   KNUDSEN-BURKE,
           DIANNE   McDONALD, WILLIAM S. SCHWEERS,
                       and MICHAEL   VITLIP*

                                 I.
                          INTRODUCTION
     A formal mock  trial program at an undergraduate institution can
be a powerful  experiential learning opportunity for a wide range of
students. Each  year, more than 5,300 students from 350 undergrad-
uate institutions throughout the United States participate in collegiate
mock  trial.1 Although many institutions offer a formal mock trial pro-
gram, there is no single best approach to structure and operate these
programs.  Colleges and universities vary in the program models that
they implement  for the benefit of their undergraduate students. For
example, some  undergraduate  institutions conduct mock trials in con-
junction with a credit-bearing class, while others organize mock trials
as part of a student co-curricular club or activity; some institutions
adopt the case created annually by the American Mock Trial Associa-
tion (AMTA)2   and engage  in intercollegiate mock trial tournaments,
while others utilize textbook cases for intra-institutional competition.
These  variations in mock   trial programs  largely depend  on  the
resources, culture, and educational objectives of a given institution.
     The purpose of this article is to discuss variations in the delivery
and  design of mock  trial programs at four different undergraduate
institutions. In profiling these institutions, it is our hope to provide
readers with examples by which they can establish or revitalize a mock
trial program to provide undergraduate students a rewarding experi-

   * Kyle C. Kopko is Assistant Dean for Academic Advisement and Engagement at
Elizabethtown College and President of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors.
Grant Keener is Interim Dean for Enrollment Management at Syracuse University College
of Law. Paula Knudsen-Burke is a news reporter for The Caucus and former Mock Trial
Coach at Elizabethtown College. Dianne McDonald is the Pre-Law Advisor and Mock
Trial Coach at Bucknell University. William S. Schweers is an Assistant Professor of Polit-
ical Science at Carlow University. Michael Vitlip is the Pre-Law Advisor and Mock Trial
Coach at Drexel University.
   1 See http://www.collegemocktrial.org/about-amta/history-/ (last visited Oct. 30, 2016).
   2 See www.collegemocktrial.org (last visited Oct. 30, 2016).

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