National Trial Competition

The National Trial Competition (Official Site) is an inter-law school trial competition sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.  The regional competition takes place in February.  Each team in the competition presents the trial three times and then the best eight teams advance to the semifinals and finals.  The two regional winners advance to the National Competition, which is held in Texas early in the Spring. 

A trial team consists of two graduating seniors who serve as the trial attorneys.  Each law school is permitted to send two teams to the competition.  Each trial involves opening and closing statements as well as the direct and cross examination of each of the four witnesses (each side has two witnesses).  The competition problem alternates between civil and criminal. The problem arrives in the late Fall, and the months of January and February involve a heavy commitment of time to prepare for the competition. 

In 1998, the Western New England University School of Law team was the regional runner-up, qualifying us for the nationals in San Antonio. In 2000, the Western New England University School of Law team won the regional competition and advanced to the national competition in Dallas.

Connect to the National Trial Intramural Competition.

The faculty adviser is John D. Egnal (782-1440).


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