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Invitational Tournament Information


During the fall and early spring, invitational tournaments are held around the country to allow teams to practice and prepare for AMTA-sanctioned tournaments in February through March.  AMTA allows invitational tournaments to announce and advertise their tournaments on the AMTA website.

To have your invitational tournament included on this site, please email AMTA with your tournament name, dates, location and description.

Note: Invitational tournaments are NOT sanctioned by AMTA.  

2016-201​7 Invitational Tournaments

Second Annual Battle for the Ballots
October 8th and 9th, 2016 | DeLand, FL

Description: We invite you to attend the second annual Battle for the Ballots invitational, hosted in the beautiful and historic city of DeLand, Florida at Stetson University’s Undergraduate Campus. Registration is open until September 1st with a registration fee of $150 per team. We are offering a $25 discount for teams who send their intent to compete AND payment by August 15th. All payments are due no later than September 8th. For more information or to register, please contact via email.  Details regarding hotels and other accommodations will be available after registration.

9th Annual University of Minnesota Nordic Undergraduate Mock Trial Battle (UMNUMB)
October 14-16, 2016 | Minneapolis, MN

The University of Minnesota’s Undergraduate Mock Trial Association is pleased to announce that our 9th Annual University of Minnesota Nordic Undergraduate Mock Trial Battle, will be held on our scenic West Bank campus along the banks of the Mississippi River from October 14 to October 16, 2016, just minutes from beautiful downtown Minneapolis.

This tournament will consist of one round on the evening of Friday the 14th, two rounds during the day on Saturday the 15th, and one round on the morning of Sunday the 16th with an award ceremony to follow in the early afternoon. Registration fees for the tournament are $150 for the first team registered from each school, and $125 for each additional team. We request that each school bring one judge per team registered. The final date to register will be October 1, 2016.

Our iconic trophies will be awarded to the top witnesses and attorneys, as well as the top overall teams.

To register or receive more information about UMNUMB, please contact our Events Chairperson, Katie Bassett, via email.

Grand Strand Invitational
October 15-16, 2016 | Conway, SC

Coastal Carolina Mock Trial invites you to attend the resurrected Grand Strand Invitational. This four-round tournament will take place on Coastal Carolina University’s idyllic campus in Conway, SC—just north of picturesque Myrtle Beach—with two rounds on Saturday October 15th and the remainder on Sunday October 16th. Registration is $125 for the first team and $100 for additional teams, with a $25 discount for first teams registered by September 15th. Each competing team will be required to provide one judge—this individual may vary by round, but we do require that a judge be provided for each round. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact Michael Julius  via email.

 9th Annual Spartan Throwdown 

October 22-23, 2016 | Cleveland, Ohio

Case Western Reserve University is excited to announce the 9th annual Spartan Throwdown Invitational Tournament! This two-day tournament will be held on Saturday October 22 and Sunday October 23 at the Cleveland Justice Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. Registration is $155 for the first team and $100 for a second team. Please note, programs will be limited to two teams. We also ask that you provide a judge if you bring more than one team.  If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please contact our tournament directors Sarah Thomas and Katie Laird via email.

BRADLEY UNIVERSITY INVITATIONAL
OCTOBER 22-23| PEORIA, ILLINOIS

We invite you to attend the Bradley Invitational held at the Peoria County Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois. This tournament will consist of two rounds during the day on Saturday the 22nd and one round on the morning of Sunday the 23rd with an award ceremony to follow in the early afternoon. Registration is $150 for each team. The final date to register is October 3, 2016. To register or receive more information, please contact Jerelyn Maher via email.

5th Annual Richard Calkins Invitational Tournament

October 29-30, 2016 I Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University is excited to announce our 5th Annual Richard Calkins Invitational Tournament. This two day tournament will be hosted on Saturday October 29th and Sunday October 30th in Des Moines, IA, on our conveniently located campus, just off of I-235. Registration is $100 per team plus a $5 Case Licensing Fee. While we are hoping to step up the number of local judges this year, we still ask that every school that plans on registering provide one judge per team competing. This may be a different individual for each round or the same individual for all rounds, but we ask that a judge be provided for all four rounds. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please email Shea Seiff, Josh Hughes, or Morgan Gehrls via email

Midwest Classic
October 29 – October 30, 2016 | Lisle, IL

Benedictine University is pleased to announce it will host the Second Midwest Classic Invitational. This four-round invitational will take place on Benedictine's beautiful campus in Lisle, IL. 

The competition will be divided into two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday, with the closing ceremony to follow. Awards will be given to the top five teams, the top ten attorneys, and the top ten witnesses. 

Registration fee for the tournament is $125.00 for the first team and $100.00 for each additional team.  Please make all checks payable to Benedictine University Mock Trial.  If you wish to pay by credit card, please contact benedictinemocktrial@gmail.com for the required forms.  

To register or if you have any questions, please contact us at benedictinemocktrial@gmail.com.

The 2nd Annual Colonial Classic
October 29-30, 2016

The College of William and Mary Mock Trial Program is excited to announce the 2016 Colonial Classic Mock Trial Invitational Tournament.  This four-round tournament will take place on the beautiful campus of America’s second-oldest college Saturday October 29, and Sunday October 30.  Our commitment to providing an excellent tournament experience for competitors, coaches, visitors, and judges requires that we limit the field to 24 teams.  As with last year's Colonial Classic, there is no requirement that teams bring a judge.

 All teams will be provided with competitive local hotel rates, and the ability to preorder lunch for delivery on campus during both days of competition.  The registration fee for the tournament is $185 per team, due by September 1, 2015.  A late fee of $25 will be charged for all registrations received after September 1 but by September 15.  After September 15, we will offer any unpaid team’s spot to a team on the waitlist.

Invitations to The Colonial Classic will be sent by May 15.  If you have questions about The Colonial Classic, or would like to attend, please email our Tournament Director Brandon Harper at wmmocktrial@gmail.com.  Thanks very much for your interest in The Colonial Classic!   

The St. Paul Trials
November 4th-6th, 2016 | St. Paul, MN

Macalester College and Hamline University, both located in scenic St. Paul, Minnesota, will co- host a four-round invitational November 4-6. The tournament will take place on Macalester’s campus. There will be one round on Friday evening with registration taking place between 5-6 p.m. on the main floor of Olin-Rice. There will be two rounds on Saturday and one round on Sunday morning. The awards ceremony should conclude by1:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. The tournament will be limited to 50 teams. Registration fees for the tournament will be $150 per team and each team required to provide a scoring judge. To cover AMTA’s intellectual property licensing fee, each team will also need to pay additional $24 per team. If you are not going to be able to bring a judge, we need to know that before Labor Day. Teams that do not provide scoring judges will be assessed an additional fee. To register for the tournament, contact both Dick Lesicko, Director of Forensics, Macalester College via email, and Kelly Rodgers, Mock Trial Director at Hamline  via email. If you have additional questions you may contact us by phone Lesicko: 651-696-6715 Rodgers: 651-523-2974.

5th Annual Friar Faceoff
Nov. 5-6, 2016 | St. Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University is pleased to announce the fifth annual Friar Faceoff Invitational Tournament to be held November 5 and 6. This two-day, four-round, tournament will take place at St. Bonaventure University’s beautiful campus, nestled in the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York. The tournament will be limited to 24 teams. The registration fee is $150 for one team; $250 for two teams. An early registration discount of $25 per team will be applied to registration fees received by October 1. Teams are encouraged to bring a qualified judge with the ability to serve at least one round. Please contact Tournament Director Keegan Miller for more information.

6th Annual Capital City Invitational
November 5th-6th, 2016 | Tallahassee, FL

Florida State University is pleased to announce the 6th Annual Capital City Invitational! CCI will take place the weekend of November 5th and 6th in Tallahassee, Florida at the Florida State University College of Law and Advocacy Center.  Every year FSU Mock Trial is committed to providing an enjoyable and educational tournament experience. As the state capital of Florida, Tallahassee provides a wonderful opportunity for teams to get invaluable feedback from experienced lawyers, judges, and FSU law professors. The facilities also give teams the opportunity to compete in both spacious classrooms and newly renovated, state of the art courtrooms. All teams are guaranteed to compete in a courtroom at least once during the tournament. CCI has a 22 team limit and the registration fee is $200 for one team and $175 for each additional team. While we request that all teams register by Monday, August 29th, payment is not due until Thursday, September 23rd. If you are interested in attending CCI or have any questions please contact our tournament directors, Kerry Norberg and Matthew Young, via email.

UB Winter Rhetoric Tournament
November 5th-6th, 2016 | Buffalo, NY

We are the Mock Trial Team at University at Buffalo and would love to invite you to the invitationals on the 5th and 6th of November. These will be standalone tournaments, so you can participate on either day or both. We'll have 2 rounds per team on both days. Feel free to sign up multiple teams. The registration fee is $100 for one team; $150 for two teams. To register or if you have other tournament related queries, please write to Devashish Agarwal  via email.

3rd Annual Average American Mock Trial Invitational
November 5th-6th, 2016 | Berkeley, CA

AAMTI: Cal Mock Trial is thrilled to announce that this November, we will be hosting our third annual fall invitational tournament, AAMTI! The tournament is set to take place on the weekend of November 5-6, 2016, on the UC Berkeley campus! But what is AAMTI, you ask? It’s the Average American Mock Trial Invitational: a showcase for elite programs with both strength and depth throughout their entire roster. Spots are limited and will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The registration fee for each team will be $200. If you are interested in attending, please send us an email specifying the number of teams your program would like to send.

2016 Jayhawk Invitational
November 5th-6th, 2016 | Lawrence, KS

The University of Kansas is happy to announce the 2016 Jayhawk Invitational! We will be hosting the tournament from November 5th and 6th in Lawrence, KS. The cost per team is $130 with a judge and $150 without a judge. Schools are welcome to bring multiple judges to get the discount on multiple teams. For more information please contact us via email.

MTSU Annual Mid-South Invitational Mock Trial Tournament

November 11th-12th, 2016 | Murfreesboro, TN

Middle Tennessee State University (along with our co-sponsor, Belmont University College of Law) will host its annual Mid-South Invitational Tournament on Friday, November 11 and Saturday, November 12, 2016. Due to space and staff restraints this year, we are limiting the participating teams to 50. In order to hold your spot(s) among the 50 teams, we ask that you email your team registration form as soon as you are able (an email invite with all the forms and information will go out later this summer). The team registration fee is $135 per team if received by October 17, 2016 and $150 per team if received after the deadline. We must receive these fees by the deadline to confirm your tentative spot(s). We require that you bring one judge per competing team. If you want to get on the email invite list or need to update your school’s contact information, please contact Pam Davis via email or Brandi Snow via email.

Second Annual Polar Plunge Invitational
November 12th-13th, 2016 | Brunswick, ME

You are invited to the Second Annual Bowdoin College Polar Plunge Invitational!

There will be two rounds on Saturday, November 12th and two rounds on Sunday, November 13th, followed by an award ceremony on Bowdoin’s campus. Bowdoin Mock Trial will provide judges for the tournament.

Registration will be $100 per team if registered before October 1st, $150 per team after October 1st.

To register or for any more information please contact via email.

We look forward to hearing from you,
Bowdoin Mock Trial

9th Annual Illini Invitational
November 12th and 13th | Urbana-Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois Mock Trial Association is excited to host our 9th Annual Illini Invitational. This two day, four round, tournament will take place on Saturday, November 12th and, Sunday, November 13th. The tournament will be held on the beautiful University of Illinois campus in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. The registration fee this year is $175. The registration fee will be lowered to $150 to the first ten teams that register and are capable and willing to bring a judge. The limit on the numbers of teams that can attend will be announced on the website. For more information contact this year's tournament chair Cindy Lawando.

The 7th Annual Ole Open
November 19th-20th, 2016 | Northfield, Minnesota

St. Olaf College is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual Ole Open! This two-day, four-round tournament will take place Saturday and Sunday, November 19-20th, 2016, with two rounds Saturday and two rounds Sunday. The Ole Open will be held in Regents Hall of Natural and Mathematical Sciences on the scenic, 200-acre campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.

Registration fees for the tournament will be $125 per team for teams registering beofre November 1st. A $50 non-refundable deposit must be sent to St. Olaf Mock Trial at 1500 St. Olaf Avenue, Northfield, MN, 55057 by November 1st in order to qualify for regular registration (with the remainder due at the beginning of the tournament). Checks should be made payable to St. Olaf Mock Trial. Late registrants will pay $150 per team. Teams are required to provide a scoring judge for each round, and teams unable to do so will be assessed an additional $50 fee. If you would like to register or would like additional information, contact the Tournament Directors, Nicholas Gonnerman and Carter Granneman via email.

11th Annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis Invitational Tournament
November 19th-20th, 2016 | Waltham, MA

The Brandeis University Mock Trial Association is excited to announce that the 11th Annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis Invitational Tournament will take place on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. The tournament will be held on our campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information, please contact our tournament directors Joshua Romanowicz via email and Cameron Hunt via email.

13th Annual Big Red Invitational Classic
November 19-20th, 2016 | Ithaca, NY

Cornell University Mock Trial is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Big Red Invitational Classic (BRIC XIII), which will take place on Saturday, November 12 and Sunday, November 13, 2016. There will be two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday. The tournament will be held at Cornell Law School, on our beautiful campus in Ithaca, NY.  For more information about this tournament, please contact Tournament Coordinator, Steven Torres, via email.

4th Annual Quaker Classic
November 19th and 20th, 2016 | Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania Mock Trial Team is proud to present our 14th Annual Quaker Classic Invitational Tournament on November 19th and 20th, 2016. Our traditional-style (2-2) tournament will take place at our beautiful, historic campus in Philadelphia, PA. The Quaker Classic, one of the largest collegiate Mock Trial tournaments in the country, will feature competitive teams from all across the nation. Registration will be $195 per team (due by October 14th), and there will be a 10% discount for any team that can provide its own judge(s). For more information, or to learn how to register, please email Tournament Director Michael Krone via email.
Thank you so much, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via email.

SUPERIOR DURST MEMORIAL INVITATIONAL
December 2-4, 2016 | Superior, WI

UW-Superior in Superior, WI will host the Superior Durst Memorial Invitational on December 2-4, 2016 at UW-Superior campus. This will be a 1-2-1 tournament with award ceremony to follow on Sunday afternoon. This is a perfect opportunity for pre-winter break practice. All rounds and tournament activities are held in one building (Swenson Hall) so no need to walk around outside in the polar cold! The Durst Memorial has a solid track record of attorney/judges to provide feedback to teams. We do request that teams bring one judge to the tournament who can observe or judge as needed. Registration fees are $125 for your first team and $135 for all additional teams. Special hotel room rates are available. To register your teams, contact Dr. Maria Stalzer Wyant Cuzzo, UW-Superior Mock Trial Head Coach, via email, no later than November 1, 2016. For questions or more details, contact Cuzzo at 218-591-8488.

21st Annual Yale Invitational 

December 3rd-4th, 2016 I New Haven, CT

It is our pleasure to announce that the 21st Annual Yale Invitational will be held on December 3rd and 4th, 2016. We host the American Mock Trial Association’s best college mock trial teams, and are excited to host one of the strongest fields on the AMTA Invitational Circuit.
From California to New York, the 21st Yale Invitational will be hosting the top ranked mock trial teams in the United States. In recent years, our Invitational has become a leading AMTA Tournament, featuring five of the six teams to win their National Championship Division and compete in the AMTA Final Round in the past three seasons. In 2015, we welcomed 42 award-winning teams, including past National Champions, the top three power ranked teams in America, numerous All-American Attorneys and Witnesses, and 27 teams from programs that earned one or two bids to the 2015 National Championship. The deadline to register for this year's Invitational will be August 1, 2016. Our registration fee is $200 per team and will be due by September 15, 2016. Please feel free to contact us via email or 1-630-880-1013 to register, or to reach out with any questions.

Third Annual Jersey Shore “Hawk” Invitational
December 3rd-4th, 2016 | West Long Branch, NJ

Get one last invitational in before the end of the semester! Do it at the Jersey Shore! The Monmouth University Pre-Law Club and Mock Trial team are happy to announce the third annual Jersey Shore “Hawk” mock trial invitational tournament to be held at Monmouth University on Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4. The tournament will be a 2-2 format with two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday and an awards ceremony following the fourth round on Sunday. Welcoming and team check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and opening ceremonies at 8:45 a.m. The entry fee per team is $175, with a $50 discount for any school that can send a qualified judge who can serve as a judge for all rounds. For more information about the competition or to inquire about invoicing and payment, please contact Monmouth Pre-Law Club officers, John Stout via email and Nicole Benis via email.

4th Annual MSSU Invitational

January 2​​0-21, 2017 I Joplin, MO

Missouri Southern State University announces the 3rd annual MSSU City of Hope Invitational.  The tournament will be held January 2​0-21, 201​7 on the campus of MSSU in Joplin, Missouri.  We hope to provide you with a final opportunity to prepare for Regionals and have been able to provide a substantial number of attorney judges (only needing coaches for conflicts) in the past. The tournament will consist of two rounds each on Friday, January 2​0, and Saturday, January 2​1, concluding with an awards program on Saturday. The registration fee is $150 per team with pizza dinner provided on Friday. Schools should bring one person per team capable of judging although we hope to provide judges as much as possible.  To register, or if you have any questions, please contact Mock Trial Coach JoAnna Derfelt, or at (417) 625-​3081.

The Dr. Donald P. Racheter Invitational Tournament at Central College
January 21-22, 2017 | Pella, IA

The Central College Mock Trial team will be hosting an invitational tournament the weekend of January 21-22, 2017. The two-day, four round invitational will be held in the Roe Center on the Central College campus in Pella, IA, which is 40 miles southeast of Des Moines, IA. The registration fee will be $130 per team. Teams providing a scoring judge for the duration of the tournament will receive a discounted registration fee of $100. For further information, or to register a team, please contact Professor Andrew Green.

Fifth Annual Hoosier Hoedown
January 28th-29th, 2016 | Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Mock Trial is proud to announce that the Fifth Annual Hoosier Hoedown will take place at the Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, IN on January 28th and 29th. The Hoosier Hoedown will follow a traditional format, with two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday, followed by an awards ceremony. Registration fees, due by November 1st, are $150 for one team and $275 for two teams. If you are interested in attending or have any questions about the tournament please contact our tournament directors, Lindsey Walker and Camilla Alway, via email.