National Trial Competition


The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar.  The program is co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education. It is the Texas Young Lawyers Association intent to provide a meaningful contribution to the development of future trial lawyers.

The Texas Young Lawyers Association presents the competition, which attracts teams from more than 140 law schools and involves more than 1,000 law students each year.

The Kraft W. Eidman Award is presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers, and consists of $10,000 to the winning school and a plaque to each member of the winning team.  This very generous contribution is endowed by Fulbright & Jaworski.  Beck Redden LLP presents a $5,000 award to the second place team, and each semifinalist team is awarded $1,500 by Polsinelli PC.  The Best Oral Advocate is awarded the George A. Spiegelberg Award, donated by Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.  The Hon. Lewis F. Powell medallion is presented annually to each regional finalist in the National Trial Competition, as a tribute to the accomplishments of those individuals.

Congratulations to the 2017 National Champion team from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law (Team #19).  Please click here for a list of the full results from the competition in Fort Worth, Texas, March 22-25, 2017.

The top two teams in the regional competition will be invited to participate in the national competition, held April 4-8, 2018 in Austin, Texas. 


2018 Regional Competition Information:

2017-2008 Regional Problem - posted Nov. 20, 2017

2018 Competition Entry Form

Regional Hosts and Competition Dates - updated Nov. 15, 2017

NTC Regional Breakdown and Host Information(updated Nov. 15, 2017)
The chart reflects all ABA-accredited law schools in each of the 14 regions.  This is not a list of schools registered; only a list of schools that are able to compete in each region.  If you do not see your school listed please contact the NTC Coordinator.  The Regional Hosts are listed in red.

Competition Rules - posted Sept. 28, 2017

Important Dates - posted Nov. 15, 2017

NTC Regional Map

Intra-School Competition Materials:  Although the method used to select your school's team(s) is left to you, we recommend that an intra school competition be used to choose the regional participants. To help you with your intra-school competition, we have included materials used at the regional and national levels.

  • Scoring Criteria
  • Official Scoring Ballot
  • Master Scoring Ballot
  • Bailiffs' Guidelines and Instruction Sheet

Archived Information

Click here to view the National Trial Competition Champions

Click here to view the National Trial Competition - Past Problem Archive