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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 2020-21, 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.

 


 

2020-2021 Invitational Tournaments

 Middle Tennessee State University’s mock trial program regrets to announce this year’s Mid-South Invitational has been canceled due to COVID-19. This decision was not made lightly, but it became clear we could not ensure the safety of all participants, adhere to CDC guidelines, or provide a remote experience that would honor the spirit of competition we traditionally provide. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable 2020-21 season and look forward to seeing everyone next year!

13th Annual Happy Valley Invitational
October 2-4, 2020 | Virtual

The 13th Annual Happy Valley Invitational will be held October 2-4, 2020 in a virtual format over Zoom. The tournament fee is $150.00 and we look forward to hosting our most competitive tournament yet. If interested in attending, please reach out to Jay Balaji.

The Red Devil Sleeping Bowtie
October 10-11, 2020 | Virtual

Dickinson College is excited to host our own virtual tournament October 10-11! Named after our coaches (who you might see sleeping in different locations around tournaments or constantly sporting a bowtie), the Red Devil Sleeping Bowtie invitational is open to all schools. We require you bring one judge capable of using zoom and the fee is $125 a team, but if you bring 2 judges the price is $75 a team. We have limited space left so contact us via email for the registration information ASAP!

3rd Annual Habeas Hippopotamus Invitational
October 16-18, 2020 | Virtual

George Washington University Mock Trial is excited to announce that the 3rd Annual Habeas Hippopotamus Invitational will be held October 16-18, 2020. Registration is $100 and the tournament will take place on Zoom. Each team is required to provide one judge per round. The field is currently full, but we are accepting teams to our waitlist. Please contact us via email with any questions.

Twelfth Annual Wildcat Mock Trial Virtual Invitational
October 17-18, 2020, | Durham, NH

The University of New Hampshire is proud to announce its intention to host as a virtual event the 12th Annual Wildcat Mock Trial Invitational Tournament. The tournament will consist of 2 rounds on Saturday and 2 rounds on Sunday all conducted via Zoom. The cost for this tournament is $100 per team for a first team and $50 for a second team. A team can earn a discount of $25 for their first team by providing a judge for all four rounds. To register or for further information, please contact Taylor Donnelly. We hope to see you later this Fall!

Twelfth Annual Sapientia et Doctrina
October 24-25, 2020 | Bronx, NY 

The Fordham University at Rose Hill Mock Trial Program is excited to announce the Twelfth Annual Sapientia et Doctrina Mock Trial Invitational. The 2020 Tournament will be held on October 24 & 25, 2020 in an online Zoom format. The tournament will consist of two rounds on each of two days of competition and will feature an experienced judging pool from New York City and around the region. Registration is $100 per team. Please email Tournament Director Isaiah Chu if you are interested in attending or have any questions.

Third Annual *Virtual* New England Classic
October 24-25, 2020 | Virtual

The University of Connecticut Mock Trial Society is excited to announce the Third Annual New England Classic! Our *virtual* program will take place on October 24th-October 25th, with one trial taking place on Saturday and one trial taking place on Sunday. In consideration of the *virtual* bandwidth, we will be hosting two trials instead of the traditional four. This event offers a great opportunity for schools in the Northeast region to prepare for the AMTA regional competition.
Now, why our invitational?
-Quality Judging: Judges at our past tournament included the Connecticut Associate Attorney General, sitting Connecticut Supreme Court justices, and lawyers representing major firms in the New England area.
-Competitive Lineup: Teams that compete in our invitational frequently advance to ORCS and national rounds.
-Cultivated Virtual Platform: Based on information from AMTA’s past virtual events, we have devised a platform and layout that will prepare your team for the 2021 *virtual* regionals and ORCS.
Tournament fees are $50.00 for a University's first team and $50.00 for every additional team. Coaches are welcome but not required for participation. If interested, please complete our online registration form. For more information regarding the event, please email Ish Panwar.

6th Annual Colonial Classic Invitational
October 24- October 25 | Virtual | Williamsburg, VA

We are excited to announce that William & Mary's 6th Annual Colonial Classic Invitational will be hosted virtually this year! As we do each year, we will be holding four (4) rounds of high-caliber competition and hope to have up to three (3) qualified judges per round. The 2020 Colonial Classic will still be held on Saturday, October 24, and Sunday, October 25. To help everyone assimilate to the new format this year, we will be sending out a Tournament Guide for all teams and judges a month prior to the Colonial Classic. This Tournament Guide will include any relevant instructions and information for the virtual invitational. To accommodate this year's changes, we will only be charging $50 per team. For any questions, please contact our Tournament Director, Cèline Zalamea.

9th Annual Calkins Invitational
October 24-25-2020 | Virtual

Drake University is excited to announce the 9th Annual Calkins Invitational. The tournament will be held entirely virtually on October 24th and 25th. Registration is $75 per team. We ask that each program provide a judge. If a judge cannot be provided, there will be an extra $25 added to the registration fee. Please contact via email with any questions. 

12th Annual Classic City invitational
October 31 & November 1, 2020 | Virtual

UGA Mock Trial is excited to host the 12th Annual Classic City Invitational over Zoom this year! The tournament will be extremely competitive as always; almost 60% of attending programs competed at the 2019 NCT or qualified for the 2020 NCT. The tournament will be held on October 31st and November 1st. If you're interested in being considered for a spot in the competition and/or interested in judging, please contact us via email. Thank you so much!

15th Annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis Invitational Tournament
November 7-8, 2020 | Waltham, MA

The Brandeis University Mock Trial Association is excited to announce that the 15th Annual Justice Louis D. Brandeis Invitational Tournament will take place on Saturday, November 7th and Sunday, November 8th. The tournament will be held online. For more information, please contact our tournament directors Emory Peng and Inaara Gilani.

1st Annual Chucky Mullins Invitational
November 7-8, 2020 | Virtual

The University of Mississippi Undergraduate Mock Trial program is excited to host the First Annual Chucky Mullins Invitational! The invitational will be hosted online through Zoom on Saturday, November 7th through Sunday, November 8th. The registration fee to compete in this year’s tournament is $150 per team. We are providing a $25 dollar discount if your program registers a judge to help out with the competition! If you are interested in participating, please fill out this form. Please contact us via email if you have any questions. 

Second Annual Sundown Showdown
November 14-15, 2020 | Tempe, AZ

Sun Devil Mock Trial is thrilled to announce the Second Annual Sundown Showdown Invitational! The tournament will take place on November 14-15, 2020, in a fully online format. This fierce competition will be judged by experienced panels of licensed legal professionals. Registration will be $200 per team, allowing for up to two teams per program. Currently, our tournament has hit capacity, however, please email Tournament Director Katherine Hostal, if you are interested in signing onto the waitlist or have any questions.

Wonk Invitational
November 14-15, 2020 | Virtual | Washington D.C.

The American University Mock Trial Program is excited to announce the 2020 Wonk Invitational! The Wonk Invitational will be completely virtual over Zoom and held on November 14-15. There will be two rounds of competition each day, with a field of 16 teams from across the country. We are excited to take advantage of the online format to host a range of teams which may not otherwise get to face each other! We are honored to have a high-quality pool of former mock trial competitors and current attorneys who have volunteered to judge, so we are not asking teams to provide judges. The registration fee is $100. Please contact us via email for more information!

First Annual Castagna Classic
November 14-15, 2020 | Virtual

Pace University is thrilled to announce the First Annual Castagna Classic. This invitational will take place virtually using Zoom and Discord as the main platforms. We plan on hosting 4 rounds over the course of November 14-15th. Registration is a flexible $100, with a discount if you bring a judge with you. If you have any questions, want to know more about how we are running it or want to register please feel free to reach out to our Tournament Director, Rebecca Ambrose.

1st Annual George Floyd Memorial Tournament
November 14-15, 2020 | Virtual | St. Paul, MN

The Hamline University Mock Trial Program is excited to announce the 1st Annual George Floyd Memorial Tournament! In order to honor and remember George Floyd and to promote racial equity, we will be donating a portion of tournament proceeds to Voices for Racial Justice, a Minnesota organization that promotes and advocates for racial justice. The tournament will consist of four rounds, with two rounds on Saturday and two on Sunday. There will be an awards ceremony following round four. Registration is $150 per team, and schools will be limited to entering two teams into the tournament. Schools will be required to provide a judge for every round per team entered. There will be an additional fee of $15 per round for teams that do not provide a judge. To register or ask questions, please contact our President, Jacob Ostermann.

Soda City Trials
November 21- 22, 2020 | Virtual

The University of South Carolina is excited to announce the Second Annual Soda City Trials. This tournament will take place entirely online on the weekend of November 21st-22nd. We plan on hosting an incredibly competitive field evaluated from judges all over the United States. The tournament will follow the standard two day, two rounds per day style. If you have any questions or would like to attend please contact Tournament Director, Ben Wallace.

The 2nd Annual Geneseo Joust Invitational
November 21-22, 2020 | Virtual | Geneseo, NY

The SUNY Geneseo Mock Trial program is excited to announce the Second Annual Geneseo Joust Invitational! Our tournament will be taking place in a virtual format on November 21st and 22nd. The tournament will consist of two rounds each day and will feature up to three highly qualified judges from around the region. To accommodate for this year’s changes we will be charging $100 for one team and $150 for a two team registration. Please contact our Tournament Director, Kya Primm via email for any questions or if you are interested in attending!

3rd Annual Cowtown Classic Tournament
December 5-6, 2020 | Virtual

Mock Trial at UC Davis is thrilled to host our 3rd Annual Cowtown Classic Tournament! Our tournament will be held over zoom on December 5-6th. The price to register is $200 dollars per team and you can register up to two teams to compete. With 10 of the top 50 programs in the country and 10 states competing, Cowtown Classic III is shaping up to be a really high-quality tournament that you do not want to miss! Unfortunately, our tournament is currently at capacity, however, if you would like a spot on our waitlist or have any questions, you can reach out to us via email.

Third Annual Scarlet and Cream Invitational
January 9-10, 2021|Virtual

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Undergraduate Mock Trial Organization is happy to announce that we will be holding our Third Annual Scarlet and Cream Invitational this year January 9-10, 2021. While we are unable to host teams in Lincoln this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the invitational will be held 100% virtually! The format of the tournament will be 2-2 with 2 rounds held on Saturday and 2 rounds held on Sunday. Registration will cost $100 per team, and there will be a $25 flat fee if a school is unable to provide judges. We will be capping at 30 teams, and reservations for the tournament will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve your space at Scarlet and Cream, please contact our Tournament Director, Erika Llano.

13th Annual Illini Invitational Tournament
January 23-24, 2021 | Virtual | Urbana-Champaign, IL

The University of Illinois Trial Team is delighted to announce that the 13th annual Illini Invitational will be held virtually from January 23rd-24th! The Illini Invitational is an excellent opportunity to compete against highly skilled teams, be evaluated by experienced judges, and polish up your case before regionals. Because the tournament will be held via Zoom, we encourage teams from all over the country to come and participate, we'd love to have you! To learn more and register, visit our website. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to our Tournament Director, Emma Roder. We look forward to seeing you in January!

Capital Region Clash Invitational Tournament
January 23-24, 2021 | Virtual | Albany, NY

UAlbany Mock Trial, in collaboration with Albany Law School, is pleased to announce the second annual Capital Region Clash Invitational. The tournament will be held January 23-24, 2021, via Zoom and promises to be a well-organized, exciting, and competitive event. Teams will be competing in two rounds on Saturday, January 23, and in two rounds on Sunday, January 24, concluding with an awards ceremony on Sunday. There is a twenty-team limit for this tournament. The registration fee is $75 per team. Judges will include experienced judges, attorneys, and law school students with former AMTA experience. A tournament schedule and additional information will be available in December. To register, please contact Tournament Director Damien Whikehart.

3rd Annual Swamp Invitational
January 23-24, 2021 | Virtual

UF Mock Trial is pleased to announce our 3rd annual Swamp Invitational will take place the weekend of January 23-24th via Zoom Video Conference! The Swamp Invitational is a great opportunity to compete against nationally ranked programs and get valuable practice before regionals. Although we are unable to host you in the Swamp this year we have some exciting things planned for our first ever virtual tournament! We are planning for the tournament to be 2-2 with a closing ceremony to follow on the second day shortly after round 4. Registration will be $150/team. Are you in? Great! Please contact our Tournament Director, Abigail Shank, for more information!

The Dr. Donald P. Racheter Invitational Tournament at Central College
January 23-24, 2021 | Virtual

The Central College Mock Trial team will be hosting a four-round invitational tournament the weekend of January 23-24, 2021. 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. The registration fee includes the AMTA case licensing fee. For further information, or to register a team, please contact Professor Andrew Green.

UC Berkeley's atypiCAL
January 30-31st, 2020 l Virtual

UC Berkeley is excited to announce our annual spring invitational, atypiCAL, is taking place virtually this year! With multiple nationally ranked teams competing, atypiCAL as always is a great place to get in extra competition before the regional tournament. Registration is $300 per team but sliding scale for teams in need of financial assistance. The tournament will be a 2-2 format and feature teams from all over the country. If you have any questions or would like to register your team, please contact the tournament director via email.