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.

Tryout Materials

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 elippy@temple.edu 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

Watch the April 1st Information Session

Opening Statements and Direct/Cross-Examination Lecture from April 1st

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

Opening Statements Narrated PowerPoint

(You must download the presentation to hear the narration.)

Opening Statements Articles_NITA 2018

Optimizing and Using Exhibits Lecture

Direct Examination Basics Lecture

Cross Examination Basics Lecture

Performance and Persuasion

Zoom Final Trial of Mock Trial Competition from Fall 2020 

Video Samples of Openings and Closings

Prosecution Opening

Defense Opening