The University of South Carolina School of Law’s Mock Trial team won the inaugural King of the Hill Mock Trial Competition on October 10. The national competition, hosted by American University Washington College of Law, consisted of 32 teams from across the country.
Members of the winning team include third-year students Will DuBose, Molly Sue Harmon, and Matthew Looper as advocates and second-year students Hunter Dunn and Harper Hutson as witnesses. The law school's mock trial team is under the direction of coach and adjunct faculty member Brett Bayne and alumni coaches Creasie Parrott and Colin Spangler.
Over a four-day period, the students won nine full trials to take the title. Additionally, Harmon was named the Best Overall Advocate and DuBose earned honors for Best Direct Examination.
This is the Mock Trial team’s third national title in four years after winning the 2019 Lone Star Classic and the 2018 Mockingbird Challenge. The team has also won the National Trial Competition Regionals six out of the last seven years.
South Carolina Law’s Mock Trial team has been ranked as one of the overall top 10 teams since 2016, according to Fordham University School of Law’s 2020-2021 Trial Competition Performance Rankings.