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 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 2016 National Trial Competition will be held in Dallas, Texas, March 30-April 3, 2016. 

Invitation and Entry Form - posted September 24, 2015

Please note:  A team must consist of two or three law students attending the same ABA-accredited law school.  For more information and rules please click here.

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

Important Dates

NTC Rules 

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

Congratulations to the 2015 National Champion Team from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Please click here for a full list of the results.

Please click here for a list of the 2015 competition finalists.

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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