Blue Shirts

Blue Shirts play a vital role in delivering the Empire experience to students across our three competitions: Empire Atlanta, Empire New York, and Empire San Francisco. Donning our signature Empirion blue, these young men and women serve as the “face” of Empire during competition weekends, providing Empire’s students with both energy and guidance.  From just a few days of volunteering, Blue Shirts make countless new friends and memories while learning about the value of public service.

But don’t take our word for it!  Watch a short video below to hear directly from Blue Shirts.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Volunteer for at least one full day;
    • ­Minimum time commitment of two full days for Blue Shirts staying in Empire accommodation;
  • Welcome teams to the hotel/competition;
  • Answer questions and provide directions;
  • Interact in a friendly and professional way with students and coaches;
  • Assist with tournament operations and logistics including event set­up/take-­down, organizing team packages, moving supplies between the courthouse and hotel, and organizing merchandise;
  • Assist in checking in judges;
  • Serve meals;
  • Work as hall monitor and ballot checkers;
  • Lead and supervise teams during special events in cooperation with team chaperones;
  • Contribute to the creation of the Empire Experience;
  • Participate in one online training and briefing session prior to the beginning of the program;
  • Submit travel information to Empire staff in a timely fashion for scheduling purposes.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate must be:

  • Enthusiastic and positive;
  • A proactive problem solver.
  • Reliable;
  • Able to work independently and in a team setting;
  • Willing and able to maintain a friendly, professional demeanor, cognizant of the fact that you are representing Empire Mock Trial;
  • At least 18 years old.

Job Perks

  • Accommodation for an average of 3 nights (check­-in Friday, check­out Monday).
    • Lodging is provided on a first­-come first­-serve basis;
    • Some Blue Shirts volunteer on the days before and after Empire – We call these days ‘shoulder days’ (the preceding Wednesday and Thursday, and the following Monday and Tuesday). We love when Blue Shirts help with setup and breakdown of the competition, but we have limited hotel availability, especially in New York. 
    • If you request lodging on a shoulder night, and we approve your request, you will be asked to volunteer for most of the shoulder day. Volunteers that are interested in extending their trip to sightsee are encouraged to either secure accommodations elsewhere (e.g. Air BnB) or may pay for their share of their hotel room on day(s) in which they wish to not volunteer for Empire.
  • Lunch and dinner on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of the competition;
  • A volunteer appreciation package.


Blue Shirt volunteers are needed at all three competitions, and are asked to commit to at least one full day of service (7am­ – 7pm). Some days are longer and will require volunteers until approximately 12:00am. Candidates are asked to submit an application below. You can apply to volunteer at one Empire program or multiple.

Complete the online application form and provide us with the contact information for a reference, who will automatically be contacted by Empire (new applicants only). ​If accepted, you will be asked to provide your tentative competition availability. Your exact availability will need to be provided approximately s​ix weeks ​prior to the start of the program. More information will be provided to you via email as the year progresses.

Click on one of the two buttons below to start your application! Please note that we have introduced a separate application for “veteran” Blue Shirtsthose who have Blue Shirted previously.

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