American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition - Tryouts this Thursday

It's not too late.  Tryout slots are still open for the ACTL National Trial Competition, the premier trial advocacy competition for law students.  The Moot Court Board has approved funding for up to two teams.

Tryouts will be held on October 3, in the Hebel Court Room. Students can still sign up for a time to tryout on the Moot Court Board Office door. Students must prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem. A link to the Southern Comfort Life Insurance Co. problem is below. Your opening statement or closing argument should not last longer than 10 minutes. Please also bring a copy of your resume.

The ACTL competition is a SPRING competition. The regional trial competition is held in mid to late February. The top two teams from each Region will compete at the National Competition, which is held in Austin, Texas from March 26-30. Students will receive two credit hours in the spring for participating in the competition, and an additional hour of credit if a team advances to the National Competition.  Participation as a third-year law student will also satisfy the Capstone Course requirement for the Litigation Skills Certificate Program. Questions? Contact Kim Lynch Balkcom (, Matthew McClinton ( or Dean Ballard.

Try out problem: