Furman University Mock Trial 
2018 Dates
July 15 - 21
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Do you love mock trial? Do you wait with anticipation for the next season to begin and a new case to be released? Are you considering a career in law or interested in learning more about the American judicial system? Do you want to build your skills in public speaking, presentation, and critical analysis?

Then join us for Top Mock, one of the oldest and most prestigious summer programs for high school mock trial. For 16 years, Top Mock has taught advanced trial advocacy skills to some of the nation’s finest mock trial participants.

Top Mock is a highly selective program administered by Furman's award-winning collegiate Mock Trial team. The program is designed for high school students who have competed in mock trial tournaments (particularly the Empire Tournaments, State Championships, or National Championship). Top Mock participants receive a week of training and instruction from Furman’s experienced mock trial faculty and students.


Top Mock participants polish their knowledge of evidentiary rules, learn advanced techniques in crafting direct and cross examination, and acquire sophistication in developing witness portrayals. The camp focuses on both the substantive aspects of preparing a case as well as presentation skills. Participants will also have the opportunity to watch real trials and connect with members of Greenville's legal community through lectures and presentations.

Top Mock participants will receive a case packet that will serve as a central activity for the camp. During the program, participants will take on a role as an attorney or a witness and work within a team to develop a case presentation. At the end of the week, students will argue their case in the Haynsworth Federal Courthouse in downtown Greenville. It’s an opportunity to join forces with other top-flight mock trial participants that you normally only see on the opposing counsel team.


Glen Halva-Neubauer, Furman's Dana Professor of Political Science and Director of Public Service Internships, is the Administrator of the Top Mock program. Professor Halva-Neubauer founded Furman's Mock Trial program in 1995, and has been its Director since then. He has also been a member of the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) Board of Directors since 1999; from 2012-2014, he served as President of the Board. Professor Halva-Neubauer has cultivated a deep relationship with the southeastern and alumni legal communities; in recognition of this relationship, the American Mock Trial Association Judges' Hall of Fame is named in his honor.

Meredith Dempsey is the Lead Instructor of Top Mock. As a mock trial competitor at Furman, she won numerous awards for her performances as both an attorney and as a witness. Ms. Dempsey graduated from the George Washington University Law School with honors. Since graduation, she has been a prosecutor in the New York County District Attorney's Office (the Law & Order television series is based on this Office). Ms. Dempsey regularly appears in court to prosecute crimes from throughout the borough of Manhattan.

Christopher Bowden provides Coaching and Activities Coordination for Top Mock. Mr. Bowden is both an alumnus of, and current Head Coach for Furman's Mock Trial team. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he also coached the Yale College Mock Trial Team. Mr. Bowden has over ten years of complex litigation experience, including work at Kirkland & Ellis in New York City and King & Spalding in Atlanta. Other members of Furman's coaching staff – all experienced Greenville-area attorneys – provide additional instruction and advice at Top Mock.

Furman's accomplished mock trial students serve as Counselors for Top Mock. Counselors oversee participants at all instructional and social events, and reside with participants in University housing during the week. This round-the-clock access to the experience and leadership skills of some of the nation's most decorated collegiate mock trial competitors is yet another unique advantage for Top Mock participants.

Regardless of your future goals, Top Mock provides an unparalleled opportunity to hone skills in speech, critical thought, and teamwork that will not only help you develop advanced mock trial skills, but also provide a solid foundation for a college career.

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The selective admissions process for Top Mock is determined by the staff's evaluation of each application, and administered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited, so if you are interested in joining us, apply today!

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