Trial Advocacy Program (Mock Trial)

Open to all USC undergraduates, the Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program is a competitive trial simulation program that is complemented with real-world public interest legal opportunities. During competitions, students explore the trial process by presenting opening statements, directing witness cross examinations, and giving closing arguments — all while practicing attorneys and judges preside over the "trial". In the community, students work to better the lives of others. Trial Advocacy offers a unique and unrivaled opportunity to learn about the U.S. legal system through simulation and active community participation.

Class Credit? YES!

To be on the team for a competitive season, you must take POSC 398 in the Fall Semester of each year that you compete. You MUST take POSC 398 for at least 2 units the first time you take it. POSC 398 may be taken for up to 8 units total. POSC 398 may also be taken in the Spring semesters, BUT only to the extent that you have enough remaining POSC 398 units to be taken in the Fall semester of each year that you plan to be on the Mock Trial Team. Coaches will assist you with working out unit schedules.

Details about USC's Trial Advocacy Program can be found here.

Olu Orange, Program Director

Orange co-founded the USC Mock Trial Team in 2001 and has since served as the team's head coach. Currently handling plaintiff-side civil rights matters at his firm, Orange Law Offices, Orange also serves as a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty member for in-house, and public, trial advocacy and deposition skills programs. Additionally, Orange provides pro bono representation to Los Angeles area political activists, works as a Panel Attorney with the Los Angeles County Indigent Criminal Defense Appointments Program, and serves as a member of the Executive Board of the National Lawyers Guild - L.A. Chapter.

Hooman Kazemi, Assistant Program Director

A 2004 alumnus of the USC Trial Advocacy Program, Kazemi has since been a member of the team's coaching staff. In 2010 he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in recognition of his exceptional trial record by The Private Defenders (TPD), a state-wide criminal defense bar association comprised of both Private Criminal Defense practitioners and Public Defenders.  He is currently a member of the Faculty of Law at TPD as well as an Executive Board Member.

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