National Trial Competition

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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2021-2022 NTC Champions

UCLA (Team 119)

Please click here to view the results.  Thank you to all the regional champions who competed.

Competition Rules

  • 2021-2022 rules for in-person regional competitions – click here

Registration Materials

  • To register online, please click here. – REGISTRATION WILL OPEN IN SEPTEMBER 2022

  • To pay online by credit card, please click here.

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 Nationals will be required to bring witnesses for the witness pool as we had this year.

Information for Regional Hosts

  • Rules for virtual regional competitions – click here
  • 2021-2022 Host Handbook for VIRTUAL competitions – click here.
  • Ten Tips for Trial by Zoom
  • 2021-2022 Host Handbook for IN-PERSON competitions- click here.

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.

Regional Problem

  • To download the REVISED problem, please click here*Revisions and/or Stipulations email was sent out January 12, 2022. 

National Problem

  • To download the revised 2022 final problem, please click here.
  • An issue has been raised regarding an unintentional inconsistency in the testimony of Austin Brown and Exhibit 22.  To that end, we have revised page 9 of Brown’s testimony to reflect that Exhibit 22 is a reference to Williamson.  Click here to view the revised version of Austin Brown’s testimony. 

  • Please click here to view the email sent March 14, 2022 regarding the revisions.
  • To download the video file (exhibit 23) – click here.

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.

Archived Information

Click here to view the National Trial Competition Champions

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