Spring 2021 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, 2021, may audition for these spots.
For the spring (April ‘21) audition, you will give an opening statement [either side] from a fact pattern entitled Commonwealth v. Alexis Carter. You will have approximately 5-7 minutes for your statement, although you need/should not attempt to complete the entire opening in 5-7 minutes. You may be interrupted and asked to address a particular part of the case and how it bears on the argument. 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.
As we evaluate performances, some students will be invited back for a brief second round assessment. That will include a direct (2L) or cross-examination (3L) from the file used for your opening statement. From this group, the new members of the 2021-2022 trial team will be selected.
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 Recordings
- Memorandum to Prospective Trial Team Members
- Fact Pattern – Commonwealth v. Alexis Carter
- Opening Statements Narrated PowerPoint
- (You must download the presentation to hear the narration.)
- Opening Statements Articles_NITA 2018
- Zoom Final Trial of Mock Trial Competition from Fall 2020
- Video Samples of Openings and Closings
Professor Elizabeth Lippy will be hosting two information sessions to provide details about becoming a member of the trial team. The first information session will be held on Monday, March 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. The second session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. The Zoom link for both information sessions is https://temple.zoom.us/j/98061876379. We encourage you to attend one of these sessions, but the Trial Advocacy Program does intend to record them and provide the recording to anyone unavailable to attend.
Additionally, Professor Lippy is offering a session to discuss best practices for creating and giving an opening statement. That session is scheduled for Thursday, April 1, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. The Zoom link for the opening statement lecture is https://temple.zoom.us/j/98061876379. As with the information sessions, this lecture will be recorded and available to anyone unable to attend.
First round of tryouts is scheduled for Monday, April 5, 2021 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. and Tuesday, April 6, 2021 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. You can sign up for a 15-minute time slot at this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C48AAAD2BAAF8CE9-2021
If these dates create a conflict for you, please reach out to Professor Lippy directly via email at email@example.com.
Second round of tryouts is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. You will be notified via email if you are asked to come back for the second round of tryouts.