- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 25, 2014

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The University of South Dakota’s mock trial team is heading to the national competition.

The team of 10 undergraduate students recently earned one of 48 spots in the 30th annual American Mock Trial Association national championship tournament.

Teams participating in the event argue court cases in competitions against other schools’ teams to develop skills in critical thinking, public speaking and legal practices.

The University of Central Florida will host the competition this year from April 11-13 in Orlando, Fla.

The American Mock Trial Association was founded in 1985 at by a former Drake University Law School dean.

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