Persuasive advocacy is a fundamental lawyer skill—it is essential to the effective representation of clients in the courtroom. The NYLS 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 David Epstein 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. In its formative year (2012-13), the Team sponsored its first intramural trial advocacy competition, and it looks forward to holding a similar in-house competition in 2013-14 for interested upper-level students. Building on the school’s Trial Advocacy curriculum, the Team also plans to build a foundation for NYLS to send teams to represent the school in external mock trial competitions in the future.
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.