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Student Organizations

Mock Trial Team(s)

Mock Trial is a competitive trial simulation. Teams from different universities present all aspects of a regular trial: pre-trial motions, opening statements, direct and cross-examinations, and closing statements. During these tournaments, attorneys and/or judges preside over the mock trials and assign scores to each aspect of the trial. The team with the greater score wins that round of the competition.  Our mock trial teams have been very successful in past competitions.

Mock Trial is open to all DePaul undergraduate students. We look for people with mock trial, debate, and/or criminal justice backgrounds, as well as anyone who is charismatic, has strong public speaking skills, is quick-witted, or has acting talent.  The teams meet weekly throughout the academic year. During autumn and winter quarters, the teams attend various invitational tournaments which are hosted at other universities and take place on weekends. During the winter and spring quarters, the teams meet more often in order to prepare for the regional and national competitions.

Faculty Advisor:  Professor David Williams, 773-325-4906, david.williams@depaul.edu
President:  Jacob Vurpillat, jacob.vurpillat@gmail.com
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Model United Nations

Model United Nations provides an opportunity to learn about international relations through preparation for and participation in simulations of the UN.  DePaul runs internal simulations for its students and faculty and also participates in national Model United Nations conferences during the school year.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Erik Tillman, etillman@depaul.edu, 773-325-4131.
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Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society

This Xi Iota Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was founded at DePaul in 1983. Membership in this national honor society is open to upper-level undergraduate students in political science who have achieved the required level of academic excellence. The Xi Iota Chapter recruits new members during winter quarter.  To learn more about this national honor society, go to Pi Sigma Alpha.

Faculty Advisor: Professor Dick Farkas ,773-325-1977, dfarkas@depaul.edu

Pre-Law Association

The Pre-law Association consists of students majoring in any subject who are interested in attending law school upon graduation. Members of the association share insights and information about course work relevant to the future study of law and about the law school application process. The association also presents several events each year. Past events have included:

  • a panel of senior pre-law students discussion their experiences with various LSAT preparation courses (such as, Stanley Kaplan and Princeton Review) and with the application process,
  • a panel of former DePaul undergraduates now attending Chicago-area law schools,
  • a presentation by the directors of admission of various Chicago-area law schools,
  • a discussion by practicing lawyers of aspects of the legal profession.

Faculty Advisor: Professor David Williams, 773-325-4906, david.williams@depaul.edu