The National Trial Competition (NTC) 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 (ACTL) 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 (TYLA) intent to provide a meaningful contribution to the development of future trial lawyers.
TYLA administers 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 Advocate Award 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.
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The finals will be in San Antonio, March 29-April 2, 2023
Registration Materials – NOW OPEN!
To register online, please click here. *Please note you must fill out a registration form, no matter how you are paying – registration deadline is November 11, 2022.
To pay online by credit card, please click here. *Entry fee deadline is December 2, 2022. If you prefer to pay by check, please indicate that on your registration form (Jot Form).
- Please click here for Important dates to remember.
- 2021-2022 rules for in-person regional competitions – click here
- UPDATED for 2022-2023 rules coming soon!
Hosts and Regional Competitions
Regional hosts will be free to decide how to handle witnesses, according to the options in the rules, but teams advancing to the finals in Texas will be required to bring witnesses for the witness pool.
- 2022-2023 Important Dates, please click here.
- Regional Breakdown (Find out what region your school falls in and what school is hosting the regional competition. *If you do not see your school listed, please let me know as soon as possible.
- Regional Map
- Regional Protest Report
Information for Regional Hosts
- 2021-2022 Rules for in-person regional competitions – click here
- 2021-2022 Host Handbook for IN-PERSON competitions- click here.
- 2021-2022 Rules for virtual regional competitions – click here
- 2021-2022 Host Handbook for VIRTUAL competitions – click here.
- Ten Tips for Trial by Zoom
Witness, Judge, and Bailiff Instruction Videos – Please use the links below to the instructional videos for each region to instruct your volunteer witnesses, judges and bailiffs. We recommend all hosts watch the videos as well to be aware of the instructions in case of a need for clarification or a protest.
- Link to view or download Witnesses Instructional Video
- Link to view or download Judges Instructional Video
- Link to view or download Bailiffs Instructional Video
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.
- NTC Official Scoring Ballot and Scoring Criteria
- NTC Witness Guidelines for a virtual competition
- NTC Witness Guidelines for an in-person competition
- NTC Bailiffs’ Guidelines
- Bailiffs’ Time Keeping Sheet (optional)