National Trial Competition

 

The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar.  The program is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. It is the Texas Young Lawyers Association intent to provide a meaningful contribution to the development of future trial lawyers.

The Texas Young Lawyers Association presents the competition, which attracts teams from more than 140 law schools and involves more than 1,000 law students each year.

The Kraft W. Eidman Award is presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers, and consists of $10,000 to the winning school and a plaque to each member of the winning team.  This very generous contribution is endowed by Fulbright & Jaworski.  Beck Redden LLP presents a $5,000 award to the second place team, and each semifinalist team is awarded $1,500 by Polsinelli PC.  The Best Oral Advocate is awarded the George A. Spiegelberg Award, donated by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.  The Hon. Lewis F. Powell medallion is presented annually to each regional finalist in the National Trial Competition, as a tribute to the accomplishments of those individuals.

Congratulations to the 2016 National Champion team from Harvard Law School.  Please click here for a list of the full results from the competition in Dallas, Texas, March 30-April 3, 2016.  

2016 National Problem - posted February 23, 2016

NTC Rules 

NTC Regional BreakdownThe chart reflects all ABA-accredited law schools in each of the 14 regions.  This is not a list of schools registered; only a list of schools that are able to compete in each region.  If you do not see your school listed please contact the NTC Coordinator.  The Regional Hosts are listed in red.

NTC Regional Map

Please click here to view the NTC Regional Problem - posted November 17, 2016

Intra-School Competition Materials:  Although the method used to select your school's team(s) is left to you, we recommend that an intra school competition be used to choose the regional participants. To help you with your intra-school competition, we have included materials used at the regional and national levels.

  • Scoring Criteria
  • Official Scoring Ballot
  • Master Scoring Ballot
  • Bailiffs' Guidelines and Instruction Sheet

Archived Information

Click here to view the National Trial Competition Champions

Click here to view the National Trial Competition - Past Problem Archive

 

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