Texas A&M Mock Trial Recruitment
We are glad you are interested in joining Texas A&M’s Mock Trial Team! We understand that recruitment can be stressful for many students, don't worry though! Below is an outline of the entire process and how to get started!
Round 1: Application Submission
We want to get to know you! This application is so we can get a glimpse of your personality and prior experience. The questions we ask you are designed to get to know you, your strengths and weaknesses, team compatibility, and coach-ability. We encourage you to use this opportunity to answer authentically and to not just put down answers that you think we want to hear. You will need to include three items to have a complete application: The application form, a 1-2 page response to our essay prompts, and a head-shot of yourself (senior photo, vacation photo, or anything you believe might convey your creativity, individuality, or personality). Send those items to firstname.lastname@example.org by our deadline of September 4th, at 5 PM! After we have received all applications we will review them, and make the first round of cuts. You will be notified by the end of the day on September 5th if you have made it to the next round.
Round 2: Auditions
Congrats, you have made it to the audition round! During the audition round, the questions and prompts we ask are to understand how you might interact in court given a certain situation or what role you might take if you join our team. Ultimately, we are striving to find what the best position will be for you on one of our competition teams. We have both new applicants and returning members audition, so you will be on the same playing-field as everyone else.
Interviews can be stressful, so here's a short summary of what your audition will be like to ensure you are not caught off-guard: To start the audition, you will be given the choice of two topics to choose from and a short time-period to prepare a speech. The topics will usually be in the form of a question, such as: “Should the minimum voting age be increased to 21 years-old?”. Once the preparation period is up, you can speak for up to 2 minutes, taking whatever stance or direction you wish with the topic. Afterward, we will question you about your speech and the stance you may have taken, judging if you can defend your position. The last part of the audition will be in the form of a short interview; we will just ask you general questions to get to know you more. You can view the rubric we will be using to judge your audition below.
The dress-code for our audition is business casual. Auditions will be held on September 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th. The sign-up link for auditions will be sent out with the email notifying you that you have advanced to the next round.
Round 3: Final Team Selection
We work hard to get results back as soon as possible, and we want to make sure everyone has a fair shot. Texas A&M Mock Trial is expected to get around 100 applicants with our team only accepting about 40 members, meaning we have to cut many applicants. You should expect an acceptance or rejection letter with our decision by the end of the day on September 12th.