36th Annual National Trial Competition Tryouts

Tryouts:  October 27 and 28
(Sign-up outside the Moot Court Board Office)

Participate in one of the best trial advocacy competitions in the nation.  Students selected to compete on the National Trial Team will be more prepared for the courtroom than most second- and third-year associates in litigation firms.  Learn from experienced trial attorneys and polish your trial advocacy skills – objections; opening statements; closing arguments; direct examinations, cross examinations; impeachment; introducing exhibits; refreshing recollection; thinking on your feet; prepping “real” witnesses.  Don’t miss this opportunity.  

This year, for the first time ever, the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law will host one of the 14 Regional Competitions across the country.  The top two winners in each Region will compete in the National Competition in Houston, Texas, April 6-10, 2011.

The School will select two teams (consisting of two or three student attorneys) to compete in the Regional Competition, hosted in Louisville, on February 18-20, 2011.  This year’s Regional Problem will be released November 15.  It will be a criminal problem.  Teams will be selected and notified before Spring Registration begins.

To tryout, prepare and deliver an opening statement or a closing argument based on a past NTC problem – State of Lone Star v. Tony Grubb.  The Grubb problem can be accessed on the NTC website under “Past Problem Archive.”   http://www.tyla.org/resources/law-students/trial-advocacy-programs/national-trial-competition/. The opening or closing should not last longer than 12 minutes.  Please also bring one copy of your resume.

Because the competition is in February, the majority of practices will be held in January and February (twice per week).  A few practices may be scheduled in November and December.  

Students will receive two credit hours for participating in the competition.  Questions?  Contact Kimberly Ballard, or Jared Sawyer, 3L (Room 212).