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. The NYLS Trial Competition Team has now sponsored its second in-house trial advocacy competition for upper-level students and its first in-house closing argument competition for first-year students. The team also competes in the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition and is looking forward to building a program that will enable more students to participate 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.