Elias Neibart plans to attend law school in 2022. He holds a bachelor of arts in philosophy and political science from Emory University in Atlanta, where he was a Sigma Alpha Mu Young Scholar and served as vice president and attorney with the Emory University Mock Trial team.
The benefits of participating in a mock trial team extend far beyond the courtroom. In addition to the simple fun factor, mock trial can improve the following skills:
1. The ability to form a persuasive argument. Formulating a cohesive position backed by objective facts improves communication and interpersonal skills in all areas of life.
2. Public speaking. Speaking in front of a crowd can be intimidating, but practicing in a mock trial scenario can increase confidence and competence.
3. Critical thinking. Using facts to analyze a situation, and responding quickly to new information, is a valuable life skill.
4. Teamwork. Competing as part of a mock trial team requires not only preparing your own argument, but also supporting and backing up your teammates in their efforts.