Spring 2022 Audition Information
Tryouts for spots on the Temple Trial Team are held in the spring and possibly again in early fall semester. All students who will be 2Ls or more as of August 23, 2022, may audition for these spots.
For the spring (April ‘22) audition, you will give an opening statement [either side] and a direct-examination (1Ls) or a cross-examination (2Ls) from a fact pattern entitled Commonwealth v. Alexis Carter. You will have approximately 5 minutes for your opening statement, although you need/should not attempt to complete the entire opening in 5 minutes. You may be interrupted and asked to address a particular part of the case and how it bears on the argument. You will have an additional 5 minutes to conduct the direct or cross-examination. You may also be asked to speak extemporaneously about a topic of our choosing. Finally, you may be interviewed about your background, schedule and commitment.
Tryouts are scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2022 10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday, April 19, 2022 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. If any of these time slots do not work with your schedule, please email Professor Lippy at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will accommodate a different time slot.
If needed, the second round of tryouts are scheduled for Monday, April 25, 2022 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
You can sign up for a 15 minute time slot at this link – https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C48AAAD2BAAF8CE9-2022
When all of the Spring auditions have been completed, students may request individual feedback.
Tryouts will determine who is invited to Temple’s end-of-summer Boot Camp, a week-long program designed to prepare students to try cases and win competitions.
Information Session & Training
Additionally, you can learn more about how to conduct an opening statement by watching the below pre-recorded lectures and materials:
Opening Statement Lecture and Demonstrations
(You must download the presentation to hear the narration.)
Video Samples of Openings and Closings