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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 April.  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.  

Last seasons Invitational Tournament announcements can be viewed here.


Notice to Invitational Hosts: Mandatory Case License Fee

All AMTA cases are the intellectual property of the American Mock Trial Association. By paying the School Registration Fee, your program receives a license to use a case for internal educational purposes and competing at AMTA-sanctioned tournaments (that is, regionals, ORCS, and the National Championship Tournament). This license does not permit use of AMTA's case materials to host an invitational tournament. Anyone wishing to use an AMTA case to host an invitational tournament must obtain a separate license.

For 2019-20, this license will require tournament hosts to
(1) complete the Invitational Registration Form;

(2) pay AMTA an amount equal to $6.00 per team per trial for your tournament. (So, for example, a 4-round, 24-team tournament would require payment of $576.00; if the same tournament had a final round, the fee would be $588.00). Payment is due 60 days after receipt of an invoice.  Payment can be made online here;

(3) provide AMTA with a copy of the tournament tab summary and ​complete the Case Information Form no later than 30 days after the conclusion of the tournament, which can be e-mailed to AMTA here; and

(4) respond promptly to any requests for information from AMTA.

If you host an AMTA-sanctioned tournament (i.e. Regionals, ORCS, or Nationals), you are exempt from the fee but still must meet all other requirements.

Failure to comply with any of these requirements will result in sanctions under the AMTA rules or other consequences. If you have any questions, please contact us here.


2019-2020 Invitational Tournaments

University of Minnesota Nordic Undergraduate Mock Trial Battle
October 11-13, 2019 | Minneapolis, MN

The University of Minnesota’s Undergraduate Mock Trial Association is pleased to announce our 12th annual University of Minnesota Nordic Undergraduate Mock Trial Battle. This tournament will be held on our West Bank campus from October 11-13, 2019. The tournament will have a 1-2-1 format with an awards ceremony early Sunday afternoon. Registration is $200 for the first team per school, and $175 for every additional team. We request that each program bring one judge per team attending. There will be an additional fee for teams unable to bring judges. The final date to register is October 1, 2019. To register or receive more information about UMNUMB, please contact our Events Director, Harshita Kalidindi, via email

Arch Invitational
Dates: October 12-13, 2019 | St. Louis, MO

Washington University in St. Louis is excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Arch Invitational tournament again this fall! The tournament will be held October 12-13 on WashU’s beautiful campus, and will consist of two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday. Arch is a great opportunity to participate in four excellent rounds of competition and get an early start on the season! Registration is $125 per team, and each team will be asked to provide a scoring judge (one judge per team, not per program: i.e. if your school brings two teams, for example, you must provide two judges). If your team is not able to bring a judge, you will incur an additional $75 fee. If you are interested in attending, or have any questions, please contact the tournament director, Nathalie Hart, via email.

10th Annual Bearcat Invitational
October 19-20, 2019 | Maryville, MO

The Mock Trial Team at Northwest Missouri State University is pleased to announce the 9th Annual Bearcat Invitational. The tournament will be held October 19-20, 2019 in Maryville, Missouri, on the beautiful Northwest campus. The tournament will consist of two rounds each on Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20, concluding with an awards program on Sunday. There is a twenty team limit for this invitational. The registration fee is $160 per team (AMTA licensing fee is included). Schools should bring one person per team capable of judging two rounds, although we hope and expect to cap coaches judging to one round each. Hotel rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express, Super 8 and Comfort Inn in Maryville—all within a five minute drive to campus—and the Boulder Inn & Suites a few miles out of town at Mozingo Lake. A tournament schedule and additional information will be available in August. To register, please complete our online registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Lawton, or Mock Trial Coach Dan Smith / (660) 562-1293.

Eleventh Annual Wildcat Mock Trial Invitational
October 19-20, 2019, | Durham, NH

The University of New Hampshire is proud to announce its 11th Annual Wildcat Mock Trial Invitational Tournament. The tournament will be held October 19-20, 2019 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH. The tournament will consist of 2 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday, followed by an awards ceremony. The cost for this tournament is $125 per team. To register or for any further information, please contact Emily Soule. We hope to see you this fall!

The Demon Deacon Invitational
October 19-20, 2019 | Winston-Salem, NC

The Demon Deacon Invitational will be October 19-20, 2019 in the Wake Forrest Law School building! The cost will be $125 for each team you bring. A discount is available for teams which provide judges. The deadline to register will be around September 1st. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew Wilson. Make checks payable to Wake Forest University with WFU Mock Trial in the memo line. Please send them to:

Andrew Wilson
Wake Forest University
PO Box 28522
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

8th Annual Friar Faceoff
Oct. 26-27, 2019 | St. Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University is pleased to announce the eighth annual Friar Faceoff Invitational Tournament to be held October 26 and 27. This two-day, four-round, tournament will take place on St. Bonaventure University’s beautiful campus, nestled in the Enchanted Mountains of Western New York. The registration fee is $175 for one team; $125 for each additional team. We are limiting the tournament roster to twenty teams, so early registration is advised. There is a fee payment deadline of October 1. Please contact Tournament Director Hannah Merges for more information. 

12th Annual Happy Valley Invitational
October 26-27, 2019 | State College, PA

The Penn State Mock Trial Association is pleased to announce the 12th Annual Happy Valley Invitational. This year's HVI will take place from Saturday, October 26th through Sunday, October 27th in a standard 2-2 format in Penn State's newly renovated Business Building and Lewis Katz Law Building. In past years, this invitational has been host to some of the most competitive teams across the country - last year, 40% of the programs that attended HVI went on to compete at the 2019 National Championship Tournament. The registration fee is $225 per team. To learn more, contact our tournament director, Paul Bateman.

17th Annual Quaker Classic
November 2-3, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA

The University of Pennsylvania's Mock Trial program is pleased to announce that the 17th Annual Quaker Classic Tournament will be held on November 2nd and 3rd. The tournament will take place on the University of Pennsylvania’s beautiful, urban campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and consist of four rounds: two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The Quaker Classic is one of the largest collegiate Mock Trial tournaments in the nation, featuring competitive teams from all across the country. The registration fee is $195 per team and will be due by October 1st; there will be a 5% discount included for any team that can provide at least one judge. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Quaker Classic Tournament Director, Blake Rubenstein via email.

10th Annual Yellowjacket Invitational
November 2-3 2019 | Rochester, NY

The University of Rochester Mock Trial Organization is excited to host our 10th annual Yellowjacket Invitational on November 2nd and 3rd, 2019. The tournament will be held on the River Campus of the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY. The Yellowjacket Invitational uses the traditional four round structure, with each team competing in two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday. As per tradition, a jury of students and non-legal professors will sit in on the fourth round and deliver their verdict! For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact our Tournament Director Karla Zendejas.

Eighteenth Annual Illinois State University Invitational
November 8-10, 2019 | Bloomington-Normal, IL

The Illinois State University Mock Trial Program is hosting its 18th Annual Mock Trial Invitational Tournament on the weekend of November 8-10, 2019. The competition will take place at the McLean County Courthouse (Law & Justice Center) in Bloomington, Illinois. This tournament is limited to 32 teams. Typically, schools from 6-7 different states compete in this tournament. The competition consists of four rounds: one on Friday evening, two on Saturday (morning and afternoon), and one on Sunday morning. We are extending invitations to additional teams on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee is $240 per team. If you are interested in competing in this tournament, then please contact this year’s tournament director, Scott Kording.

Capital Region Clash Invitational
November 9-10, 2019 | Albany, NY

UAlbany Mock Trial and The College of Saint Rose Mock Trial, in collaboration with Albany Law School, are pleased to announce the Capital Region Clash Invitational. The tournament will be held November 9-10, 2019, in Albany, NY, on the stunning UAlbany campus. Teams will be competing in two rounds on Saturday, November 9, and in two rounds on Sunday, November 10, concluding with an awards ceremony on Sunday. There is a 20 team limit for this Invitational. The registration fee is $150 for the first team. For each additional team, the registration fee is $125. For schools that bring a scoring judge capable of judging a minimum of two rounds, the registration fee is $100 per team. Local hotels are adjacent to the UAlbany campus, and food will be available on campus and nearby off campus. A tournament schedule and additional information will be emailed in early October. To register, please contact Co-Tournament Director, Gina Tan.

2nd Annual Peach Bowl Invitational
November 9-10, 2019 | Atlanta, GA

Emory Mock Trial is excited to announce that the Second Annual Peach Bowl Invitational will be held on November 9th and 10th at the DeKalb County Courthouse. Competitors can expect to compete every round in large, spacious courtrooms and face off against some of the best teams in the country. In our first year as a tournament, we were lucky enough to field a competitive list of teams, with over 37% of the teams having competed at the previous National Tournament. We expect this year's tournament to be even more competitive than last year and strive to give our competitors a worthwhile invitational experience. Registration for the tournament is $325 per team. If you are interested or have any questions about the the Peach Bowl, please feel free to reach out to our executive board via email.

 4th Annual Louis D. Brandeis Invitational Tournament
November 9-10, 2019 | Waltham, MA

We are excited to announce that we will be holding the 14th Annual Louis D. Brandeis Invitational on Saturday November 9th and Sunday November 10th. The tournament will be held on our campus in Waltham Massachusetts. For more information, please contact the tournament directors, Eva Bohn or Ben London.

The 15th Annual Big Red Invitational Classic
November 16-17, 2019 | Ithaca, NY 

Cornell University Mock Trial is delighted to announce the 15th Annual Big Red Invitational Classic (BRIC XV). We will be hosting our tournament on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17th, 2019, at our beautiful Law School in Ithaca, NY. There will be two rounds on Saturday and two on Sunday, followed by a celebration of our 15th anniversary at closings. To learn more, visit our website or contact us via email.

Derek Moorehead Invitational
November 16-17, 2019 | Kansas City, MO

The University of Missouri Kansas City is pleased to announce our second annual tournament. The tournament will take place on UMKC’s Volker campus located in Kansas City Missouri. We will hold two rounds on Saturday as well as Sunday with a award ceremony following the final round on Sunday. Registration fees will be $150 for one team and $250 for two teams. Each team is expected to bring a scoring judge or pay an additional fee of $50. To register for the tournament or more information please contact the tournament director Karah Chappel via email.

 “Swear Me In, Scotty!” Mock Trial Invitational
November 23-24, 2019 | Pittsburgh, PA

You are invited to Carnegie Mellon University’s annual “Swear Me In, Scotty!” Mock Trial Invitational! The event, held on CMU’s campus in Pittsburgh, will begin with opening ceremonies the morning of Saturday, November 23. We will hold four competitive rounds, two on Saturday and two on Sunday. The invitational will conclude Sunday evening with an awards ceremony. Registration fees for one team is $170, and each additional team is $140. Each team is asked, but not required, to provide judges, with a $10 deduction from registration fees for each round judged. If you are interested in attending, please submit this google form. For any questions, please contact our Tournament Director, Cayden Codel, or our Assistant Tournament Director, Fayyaz Zaidi.

 Cougar Classic Invitational Tournament
November 23-24, 2019 | Worcester, MA

Clark University is pleased to announce the 2019 Cougar Classic Invitational Tournament! There will be two rounds on Saturday, November 23, as well as two on Sunday, November 24. All four rounds will be held at Clark University located in Worcester, MA. Registration is $150 per team, but if a team provides someone to help judge rounds, the fee will be reduced to $125. The deadline to register is October 1, 2019. Please contact us via email if you would like to attend or have any questions. We hope to see you in November! 

2nd Annual Colonel Classic Mock Trial Invitational
November 23-24, 2019 | Lexington, KY

Eastern Kentucky University invites you to attend the second annual Colonel Classic Mock Trial Invitational. The tournament will take place on Saturday, November 23, and Sunday, November 24, 2019, at the Fayette County District and Circuit Courthouses in Lexington, Kentucky. The registration fee for the tournament is $200 per team. We will attempt to accommodate schools that want to bring two teams as space allows. If you have questions or want to register for the tournament, please contact Lynnette Noblitt.

First Annual Aggie Invitational
January 17-29, 2020 | Forth Worth, TX

Texas A&M is pleased to announce that this year we are partnering with the Texas A&M Law School to host the First Annual Aggie Invitational on January 17-19, 2020. The tournament will be held at the Texas A&M law school in Fort Worth, Texas. Please RSVP via the link below. Following registration, you will be sent an invoice for your registration fees. Registration will be $175/team and will be due by December 1st. There will be a $25 discount for teams that bring a scoring judge to judge all four rounds. There will be a maximum of 20 spots, so please RSVP soon to reserve yours. We look forward to seeing you all in January! If you have any questions feel free to reach out via email or phone (832-538-8834).
RSVP: https://forms.gle/ztvZknPwDLmpK3Se7