In collegiate mock trial competition, practicing attorneys who don’t coach or know the participating schools judge the students' persuasive skill. Fifty-six attorneys were interviewed after they judged collegiate mock trials. They were asked which student behaviors they rewarded, which behaviors they punished, and overall which team presented more effectively. The attorneys' responses were grouped into thematic categories and arranged by priorities. Attorneys were consistent in what they said they valued in student performances. Interviewees' answers to the question about overall team performance were compared with the numeric ballots. If global assessment were included, it would change the outcome of a substantial number of trials, which raises the question if such an item would have the same effect on any graded competition.
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Wagoner, Ruth R. and Molnar, R. Adam
"How Attorneys Judge Collegiate Mock Trials,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 49
, Article 4.
Available at: http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol49/iss1/4