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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 Rookie Rumble Rulebook has been posted, along with competitor eligibility rules (June 30, 2022)
  • General registration is now open!  See below for details! (July 5, 2022)


The Competition

  • Teams will consist of a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 5 competitors. Two attorneys and two witnesses will compete per side. An optional non-speaking ‘Trial Technician’ may also be rostered in place of the fifth competitor, subject to the eligibility rules (see below).
  • 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, even in the event that a competing member becomes sick/unavailable.
  • Alternate and Bye Buster eligibility can be reviewed here.
  • 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 for competitors comprised of full teams, partial teams, and individuals is NOW OPEN and will close on July 13, 2022.
  • Alternate Registration: There will be a separate registration period for Alternates for the Rookie Rumble competition, beginning on July 14, 2022.  This will be available via a Google Form on this page, along with being provided via email to all official school contacts.
    • Alternates are NOT guaranteed an opportunity to compete. We may assign Alternates at any time, up to and including the day of competition.
    • If an Alternate has been offered a spot more than 7 days before the tournament, the Alternate has 24 hours to accept the offer.
    • Failure to accept in a timely manner will forfeit the offered spot.
    • Within 7 days of the tournament, offers will be made on a first come first served basis, such that multiple offers may be made simultaneously and the first to respond will receive the spot.


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