Auditions

Audition Information

Auditions for spots on the Temple Trial Team are held in the spring and possibly again in early Fall semester. All students who will be 2Ls or more as of August 22, 2020, may audition for these spots.

For the spring (April ‘20) 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 – Tyler or Salley.

You will have approximately 5 minutes for your statement, although you 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.

When all of the Spring auditions have been completed, students may request individual feedback. Tryouts will determine who is invited to Temple’s end-of-summer Boot Camp, a week-long program designed to prepare students to try cases and win competitions. A Boot Camp invitation does not guarantee membership on trial team.

The final selection of 2020-2021 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 Wednesday, April 8th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and, if needed, Thursday, April 9th, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. You may sign up for a spring audition beginning at 1:00 p.m. via this link. You must use your Temple email login (AccessNet User Name & Password) to access the sign-up sheets. If you have further issues accessing sheets, contact Mary Beth Wilson at mwilson6@temple.edu. Audition confirmation will be emailed to you before scheduled audition dates. Auditions will take place via ZOOM and will be scheduled in fifteen minute increments.

Fall audition information will be available by early August if being held.

A pre-recorded information session is now available. Trial Team Information Session March 2020 Please watch it this week. If you have any follow-up questions, please join us at either of two live Zoom Q&A sessions – TUESDAY, MARCH 31 at 5:00 P.M., Tuesday 3-31 Q&A and THURSDAY, April 2 at noon. Thursday 4-2 Q&A