Mock Trial is an extracurricular program at Villanova that allows students to experience firsthand how the justice system in the United States functions. Each year, Villanova students audition for roles as attorneys, witnesses, courtroom artists, and bailiffs. The faculty advisors choose those students who best fit the roles and then the preparation for the trial begins. Mock Trial meetings begin in September and the preparation continues until mid-February when the team competes in the Ventura Country Mock Trial Competition. The Mock Trial program is demanding, as it entails much effort and practice outside of school. At school, there are occasional lunch meetings, and a two-hour meeting every Wednesday evening. Any student who has participated in Mock Trial before would reveal that the benefits of participating in the program are overwhelming. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about law, and the courtroom environment. Mock Trial gives students a chance to act as working professionals, and is a venue in which students apply many of the skills they have acquired in their academic courses.
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