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!


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.

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 on our campus in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information, please contact our tournament directors Emory Peng and Inaara Gilani.

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. Please email Tournament Director Katherine Hostal, if you are interested in attending or have any questions.  

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.