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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 2018-19, this license will require tournament hosts to
(1) complete the 2017-18 Invitational Registration Form;

(2) pay AMTA an amount equal to $2.00 per team per trial for your tournament. (So, for example, a 4-round, 24-team tournament would require payment of $192; if the same tournament had a final round, the fee would be $196). 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 copies of all captains' meeting ​forms 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.


2018-201​9 Invitational Tournaments

9th Annual Bearcat Invitational
October 6-7, 2018 | 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 6-7, 2018 in Maryville, Missouri, on the beautiful Northwest campus. The tournament will consist of two rounds each on Saturday, October 6, and Sunday, October 7, concluding with an awards program on Sunday. There is a twenty team limit for this invitational. The registration fee is $120 per team. 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.

Arch Invitational
October 13-14, 2018 | St. Louis, MO

Washington University in St. Louis is excited to announce that we will be hosting our annual Arch Invitational Mock Trial tournament again this fall! The tournament will be held October 13-14, 2018 on the beautiful WashU campus, and will consist of two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday. Registration is $125 per team, and each team will be required to provide a scoring judge. If you are not able to bring a judge, your team will incur an additional $75 fee. To register a team, please complete this form. If you have any questions, please contact the tournament director, Dana Abelson.

 Third Annual Charm City Classic Mock Trial Invitational
October 13-14, 2018 | Baltimore, MD

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Mock Trial Program is proud to announce the Third Annual Charm City Classic Mock Trial Invitational. The 2018 Classic will be held on October 13 & 14, 2018, at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, in Baltimore, MD. The tournament will be a standard 2-2 format, and will feature our deep and experienced judging pool from around the region. We do not need teams to provide judges, and registration is $200 per team. Space is very limited, so please email UMBC Head Coach and Tournament Director Ben Garmoe via email if you are interested in attending or have any questions.

Guardian Invitational
October 20-21, 2018 | New London, CT

We are pleased to announce the return of the Guardian Mock Trial Invitational Tournament this fall, hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. The tournament will begin with opening ceremonies and the first round on Saturday morning, October 20th, and finish with the fourth trial on Sunday afternoon, October 21st. Registration is $150 per team. Teams are not required to provide judges – but may do so if anyone is interested in judging. To register a team or for more information, please contact the tournament director via email.

Tenth Annual Wildcat Mock Trial Invitational
October 27-28, 2018, | Durham, NH

The University of New Hampshire is proud to announce its 10th Annual Wildcat Mock Trial Invitational Tournament! The tournament will be held October 27th-October 28th 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 Taylor Alcorn. We hope to see you this fall!

4th Annual Polar Plunge
October 27-28, 2018 | Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College is excited to announce its Fourth Annual Polar Plunge Invitational! There will be two rounds on Saturday, October 27th and two rounds on Sunday, October 28th, followed by an award ceremony on Bowdoin’s beautiful campus. Bowdoin Mock Trial will provide judges for the tournament. The registration fee will be $125 per team. The deadline to register for this year’s invitational will be October 4th, 2018. To register or for any further information, please contact us via email. We hope to see you at Bowdoin this fall!

11th Annual Spartan Throwdown
October 27-28, 2018 | Cleveland, OH

Case Western Mock Trial is excited to announce that the 11th annual Spartan Throwdown will be held over the weekend of October 27th-28th this fall! The tournament will take place at the Cleveland Justice Center in downtown Cleveland, Ohio. There will be two rounds per day and the first round will be challenge matched. This is an excellent opportunity to get some early practice in real courtrooms and experience the local judging pool with Nationals held just one state away this spring. The cost to attend is $150 for the first team and $100 for any additional teams. Please note, if you are planning on bringing more than one team, we ask that you provide a judge with each additional team. If you are interested in attending this year’s tournament or if you have any questions, contact our tournament directors, Anna Ashley and Kyle Parker, via email. We hope to see you this fall!

9th Annual Yellowjacket Invitational
October 27-28, 2018 | Rochester, NY

The University of Rochester Mock Trial Organization will be hosting their 9th Annual Yellowjacket Invitational on October 27th and 28th, 2018. 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!
This year we are offering an early registration fee of $150 for one team and $275 for two teams for teams who submit their registration fees by September 1st. Thereafter, the registration fees will be $175 for one team and $300 for two teams, with fees due by October 1st. Please contact our Tournament Director, Samantha Myers for more information. 

 1st annual UMKC Invitational
October 27-28, 2018 | Kansas City, MO

The University of Missouri Kansas City is pleased to announce our first 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. To register for the tournament or more information please contact the tournament director Maddi Ilseman via email.

The St. Paul Trials
November 2-4, 2018 | St. Paul, MN
 

Hamline University located in scenic St Paul will host a four round invitational, formally hosted by Macalester College, November 2-4, 2018. The tournament will take place on Hamline’s campus. There will be one round on Friday evening with registration taking place between 5-6 p.m. on the main floor of Gidden Learning Center. There will be two rounds on Saturday and one round on Sunday morning. The awards ceremony should conclude by 1:30 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. 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 may be assessed an additional fee. To register for the tournament, contact Kelly Rodgers, Mock Trial Director, Hamline University via email

 7th Annual Friar Faceoff
Nov. 3-4, 2018 | St. Bonaventure, NY

St. Bonaventure University is pleased to announce the seventh annual Friar Faceoff Invitational Tournament to be held November 3 and 4. 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 $150 for one team; $250 for two teams. We are limiting the tournament roster to twenty teams. The first twenty teams registering will compose the initial tournament roster. There is a fee payment deadline of October 15. After October 15 spots on the tournament roster occupied by teams that have not paid the registration fee may be offered to teams on the wait list. Teams are encouraged to bring a qualified judge with the ability to serve one round. Please contact Tournament Director Lara McCormick for more information.

17th Annual Blues City Scrimmage
November 3 – 4, 2018 |Memphis, TN

Located on the beautiful campus of Rhodes College, this Scrimmage will feature 2 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday, pre-paired by the host prior to the tournament start. With a registration fee of only $25, we strive to provide a low-cost, low stress environment for teams to perform against other local and regional programs. We will start in the afternoon on November 3rd and end early in the evening on November 4th to accommodate for regional travel. Any interested programs must RSVP as soon as possible, as the scrimmage can only accommodate 16 teams. To attend, each team MUST bring a qualified judge to every round, as the host does not recruit judges for this scrimmage. Please do not hesitate to contact the Tournament Director Daniel Elliott or Program Director Anna Eldridge with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you in November! 

13th Annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis Invitational Tournament
November 10-11, 2018 | Waltham, MA

The Brandeis University Mock Trial Association is excited to announce our 13th Annual
Justice Louis D. Brandeis Invitational Tournament, which will take place on Saturday, November 10 and Sunday, November 11. The tournament will be held on our campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information, please contact our tournament directors Rachel Blau or Mayan Kleiman.

The Indy Mock-Hundred
November 10-11 | Indianapolis, Indiana

IUPUI Mock Trial is excited to announce that the Indy Mock-Hundred will be held over the weekend of November 10th-11th this fall! The tournament will take place at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana. There will be two rounds per day. The cost to attend is $150 per team. IUPUI will provide judges for the tournament and lunch on Sunday. If you are interested in attending the tournament or if you have any questions, please contact Kailey Ruggiero via email. We hope to see you in Indianapolis this fall!

11th Annual Illini Invitational
November 10-11, 2018 | Urbana-Champaign, IL

We are pleased to announce that the University of Illinois Trial Team will be hosting the 11th Annual Illini Invitational. The tournament will be hosted at our campus in Urbana-Champaign, and will be held on November 10th and 11th, 2018. The Registration fee is $200 per team unless you are one of the first 10 teams to offer additional judges to the tournament, which will drop the fee to $150. The final day to register is September 20th, and fees are due by October 10th. More information can be found on our site here: 11th Annual Illini Invitational

 16th Annual Quaker Classic
November 10-11, 2018 | Philadelphia, PA
 

The University of Pennsylvania's Mock Trial program is pleased to announce that the 16th Annual Quaker Classic Tournament will be held on November 10th and 11th. The tournament will take place on the University of Pennsylvania’s beautiful, urban campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the tournament will 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 country, featuring competitive teams from all across the nation. This year, the invitational is being capped at 44 teams, and registration will be $195 per team. This registration fee will be due by October 1st, and there will be a 5% discount for any team that can provide at least one judge. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Quaker Classic Tournament Director, Isabella Auerbach via email.

2nd Annual Cougar Classic Invitational
November 17-18, 2018 | Worcester, MA

Clark University is pleased to announce the 2018 Cougar Classic Invitational Tournament! There will be two rounds on Saturday, November 17, as well as two on Sunday, November 18. 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, 2018. Please contact us via email if you would like to attend or have any questions. We hope to see you in November!

Swear Me In, Scotty! Mock Trial Invitational
November 30-December 2, 2018 | Pittsburgh, PA

You are invited to Carnegie Mellon University’s annual “Swear Me In, Scotty!” Mock Trial Invitational! This event will begin with opening ceremonies the night of Friday, November 30th, and, after four rounds of trials (two on Saturday, two on Sunday), conclude with an award ceremony on the afternoon of Sunday, December 2nd. Registration for one team is $150. Each additional team is $120. Each team is asked, but not required, to bring judges with them. Teams will receive a $20 discount for every judge they bring. If you are interested in attending please submit this google form. For any questions, please contact our Tournament Director, TJ Pascucci.

 Sapientia et Doctrina X
December 1-2, 2018 | Bronx, NY

We are pleased to announce Fordham University at Rose Hill Mock Trial will be hosting our 10th annual tournament. The tournament will be held at Fordham University’s Rose Hill Campus located in the Bronx, NY on December 1st and 2nd, 2018, with two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday. Registration is $150 per team but will be reduced to $125 per team if the team provides someone to help judge rounds. The final day to register will be November 1st, 2018. If you are interested in attending or would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact our tournament director Jenna Koury via email

 5th Annual Bomber Blitz
December 1-2, 2018 | Ithaca, NY

The Ithaca College Mock Trial team is pleased to announce our 5th annual Bomber Blitz! The tournament will be hosted in Ithaca, New York on December 1-2, 2018. The tournament will consist of an opening ceremony with two rounds on Saturday and two rounds on Sunday including an awards ceremony immediately following the last two rounds. Registration is $150 for the first team and $200 for two teams. Any team that brings a judge will be awarded a $50 discount on registration. We request that you register by October 15th to reserve your spot. Please contact our Tournament Director, Jesslyn Bracco via email with any questions or concerns!

15th Annual Big Red Invitational Classic (BRIC XV)
January 19-20, 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, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th, 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.

Commonwealth Classic Invitational Tournament (CCIT)
January 26-27, 2019 | Amherst, MA

The University of Massachusetts Amherst welcomes you to the Commonwealth Classic Invitational Tournament (CCIT)! We’d love to have you join us on the UMass Amherst campus January 26th and 27th right before the kick off of Regionals season. Stay at Hotel UMass, conveniently located on our campus, or stay just a few miles away at Econo Lodge or Holiday Inn Express. We will be hosting two trials on Saturday and two on Sunday, followed by an awards ceremony Sunday evening. The registration fee is $150 per team, however, if your team brings a judge you will receive a $25 discount. Please reserve your spot through this google form. If you have further questions, please contact us via email.