Rookie Rumble Mock Trial Tournament

What's New?

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  • AMTA is excited to announce that the ​Rookie Rumble Tournament! This is a summer tournament similar to the One Last Time tournament hosted in previous years. However, this year’s tournament is for students who competed in their first and/or second years of college during the 2021-2022 AMTA Season.
  • The tournament will be held July 30-31, 2022. It will use an almost identical format as OLT: the rounds will be held online and teams will consist of 4-5 members with only 2 witnesses testifying for each side. Most importantly, teams can be created regardless of school affiliation. Participants will also be allowed to sign up individually, as partial teams, or as full teams. We will match up individuals and partial teams together to form complete teams.

The Competition

  • Teams will consist of a maximum of four competing members, with the option of having a fifth member as a Trial Technician. Two attorneys and two witnesses will compete per side. Teams that opt to include a Trial Technician can use that member only for the purposes outlined below in the eligibility rules, and not to fill speaking roles.
  • Registered teams will receive the case on July 15th.
  • Time restrictions will be allotted per attorney rather than by speeches, directs, and crosses.
  • After four rounds, the top two teams will compete head to head in the Final Round.

The Fee

  • Nothing!
  • Free!
  • AMTA will not be charging any registration fee to any participant for this competition.

The Case

  • The case will be released here on July 15, 2022.

The Rules 

  • The Rulebook for the Rookie Rumble has been released and is available here to review.
  • General competitor eligibility is below, along with trial technician roles.
  • Alternate and Bye Buster eligibility can be reviewed here.

The Teams

  • Competitor Eligibility:
    • A competitor is eligible to compete at the Rookie Rumble Tournament if and only if the competitor:
      • Was a first or second year undergraduate student during the 2021-2022 academic year; and
      • Was listed on an AMTA roster for the 2022 competitive season.
  • Trial Techs Eligibility and Role:
    • Anyone who was rostered during the AMTA 2022 competitive season may serve as a Trial Tech.
    • Each team may have 1 non-competing member who will act as their trial technician to fill their 5th spot.
    • The trial technician would be responsible for document sharing and any other technological presentation during trial. The technician would also be allowed to communicate with the team during trials and breaks, but they are not a competing (speaking) team member, unless a competing member becomes sick/unavailable.
  • Competitors may pick their teams regardless of school affiliation. If you have ever wanted to compete with your best friends from another school, this is your chance.
  • If you are interested in competing and are not able to form a full team, AMTA will match you with others to create a full team. You can register as an individual or as a group of 2 or more competitors.
  • If your team composition drops below the minimum number of competitors before the competition, AMTA will attempt to match you with sufficient competitors to field a team.

The Registration 

  • General Registration: Registration is now closed!
  • Alternate Registration: Because of the level of interest in Rookie Rumble tournament, the tournament has hit the maximum number of teams that can compete and already formed an alternate list. Given this, there will not an alternate registration period for the Rookie Rumble.

The Location

  • All trials will take place online using Zoom.

This page will be updated with more information as we get closer to the opening of registration. In the meantime, please email us with any questions