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 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.
Please click here for the FINAL NTC UPDATE – Friday, March 13, 2020
NEW COVID-19/ NTC UPDATE March 11, 2020:
Late Tuesday afternoon Tarrant County (the host county for the National Trial Competition) reported its first COVID-19 patient. This link provides more information about the case directly from the Tarrant County website.
Again, we will continue to monitor the situation, including availability of courts, hotels, judges, and witnesses. At this moment, TYLA still has not taken any action to cancel NTC. However, that decision may change as new information comes in. Please continue to monitor your emails and our NTC Facebook Page and website for more updates. (Posted and emailed March 11, 2020)
Please click here for a message regarding COVID-19 for all advancing schools. (Posted and emailed March 10, 2020)
The 2020 NTC finals have been canceled.
- National Problem – Posted online March 4, 2020 and emailed to the finalists
- List of Finalists
- Important Dates
- 2019-2020 Competition Rules – UPDATED and Posted Sept. 27, 2019
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Information for Regional Competitions
- Regional Problem Clarifications Memo – Posted online January 6, 2020 and emailed to participating schools January 4, 2020.
- Revised Regional Problem – Posted online January 6, 2020 and emailed to participating schools January 4, 2020.
- Regional Problem – Posted and emailed to participating schools Nov. 20, 2019
- Regional Problem Jury Instructions – Posted and emailed to participating schools Dec. 12, 2019
Information for Regional Hosts
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
- Regional Host Contact Info and Competition Dates – (also see NTC Regional Breakdown) UPDATED Dec. 10, 2019
- 2019-2020 Regional Map NEW
- 2019-2020 Host Handbook (and Appendix) – posted Oct. 9, 2019
- Please click here to view the email that was sent out to law schools on August 13, 2019. (If you did not receive the email and wish to be added to our list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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.
- Master Scoring Ballot for Preliminary Rounds
- NTC Official Scoring Ballot and Scoring Criteria
- Guidelines for NTC Judges
- Bailiffs’ Guidelines and Instruction Sheet
- Bailiffs’ Time Keeping Sheet (optional)