Persuasive advocacy is a fundamental lawyer skill—it is essential to the effective representation of clients in the courtroom. The Trial Competition Team is dedicated to promoting excellence in trial advocacy.
The Trial Competition Team is the school’s newest competition group. Like the others (Moot Court and the Dispute Resolution Team), the Trial Competition Team is student-led and also faculty-advised; Professors Mariana Hogan and Lynn Boepple Su are its advisors.
The Team offers training in trial skills, including an introduction for students to case theory, storytelling, and witness examination. The Trial Competition Team sponsors in-house trial advocacy and closing argument competitions. The team also has competed in the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition and the Queens County District Attorney’s Mock Trial Competition and is looking forward to expanding its participation in inter-school competitions.
To become a member of the Trial Competition Team, students must either take Trial Advocacy and be recommended by their professor or complete training activities, participate in the spring intramural competition, and demonstrate excellence in advocacy. Membership is open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and 4Ls, by invitation.