Mock Trial receives a new civil or criminal case each year from the American Mock Trial Association (AMTA). Upon receiving the case, the larger team is broken down into teams of 6-8 people. Individuals then train as either a witness or an attorney. Witnesses learn one of the provided affadavits and develop a character, while attorneys must prepare direct and cross examinations and closing statements. These smaller teams then compete in a variety of tournaments throughout the year, culminating in a regional tournament in the spring semester. A superb performance at this tournament can secure a bid to the national championships. Mock Trial accepts individuals of all skill levels and typically mixes the veteran and novice participants for tournaments earlier in the semester. Not only do students gain practical legal knowledge of areas such as rules of evidence, but also acquire more general skills such as public speaking and acting.