Audition Information

Auditions for spots on the Temple Trial Team are held in the Spring and again in early Fall semester. All current students beyond their first year may audition for these spots.

For the Spring (April ‘19) audition, you will give an opening statement [either side] from a file or case you are currently preparing for LRW or ITA/ITAP.

For students (1Ls) enrolled in LRW, please prepare an opening statement from the “assignment” on which your oral argument is based;

For students currently enrolled in ITA or ITAP, please prepare an opening statement in the case assigned for your final trial – Trevino or Salley.

You will have approximately 5 minutes for your statement, although you do not need/should not attempt to complete the entire opening in 5 minutes. You may be interrupted and asked to address a particular part of the case and how it bears on the argument. You may also be asked to speak extemporaneously about a topic of our choosing. Finally, you may be interviewed about your background, schedule, and commitment.

At the end of the Spring auditions, students will be given a constructive critique and informed privately as to whether they have been invited to our special end-of-summer week-long trial advocacy boot camp.

The final selection of 2019-2020 trial team members will occur at the end of Summer break or promptly at the beginning of the Fall semester.

Audition Materials

Audition Dates

Spring auditions will be held on Thursday, April 11th, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and, if needed, Friday, April 12th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You may sign up for a Spring audition beginning at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2nd. Stop by the Trial Advocacy Office, K612, or email Mary Beth Wilson at to secure an audition time. Auditions are scheduled in ten minute increments.

Fall audition information will be available by early August.

Information sessions will be held on Monday, April 1st, and Tuesday, April 2nd, at 12:00 p.m. in Room K6A.