Cadets place at Mock Trial contest
Two cadets placed in the top 10 at Mock Trial team competitions in 2008.
Ryan Boggs, a senior business major from Seneca, S.C., ranked in the top 3 while Jonathan J. Calhoun, a senior political science major from Cary, N.C., ranked in the top six, for which they were awarded scholarships by the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Ill. Boggs and Calhoun played the parts of lawyers and witnesses in a mock trial. If accepted to the Chicago law school, a portion of their tuition costs will be paid for as a result of their success at the competition April 4 and 5, 2008.
Cadets who plan on pursuing careers in law can take advantage of The Citadel’s strong pre-law program. From different disciplines across the college, these cadets participate in The Citadel’s pre-law society The Inn of Court, a cadet-alumni organization made up of pre-law students and Citadel graduates in the legal professions.
Founded by Col. Edward Tucker in 1981, the Inn has become a place where pre-law students interact with one another, learn about careers in law, and meet Citadel legal alumni. Classes such as the Rhetoric of Law and, beginning in the fall of 2008, Mock Trial, provide an additional academic component to pre-law studies. The Mock Trial Class, which will be offered by the English Department and taught by Mount Pleasant attorney Doug Miller, will provide experiential learning for cadets interested in trial law. Students enrolled in Mock Trial will also have the chance to join The Citadel Mock Trial Team, which travels throughout the country to compete in intercollegiate tournaments.
A mock trial tournament involves six-to-eight-person teams carrying out the proceedings of a full trial in a timed environment. The team works with case materials containing relevant case law, evidence, depositions, and a case summary. Over the past two seasons, The Citadel Mock Trial Team has competed in tournaments at Campbell University, Duke University, the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, the University of Central Florida, the University of Richmond, and Furman University, where regional playoffs are held annually.