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February 3, 2010

Law School to host National Trial Competition February 4–6

The University of Texas School of Law’s Advocacy Program will host the National Trial Competition from February 4–6, 2010. The National Trial Competition, one of the oldest and most prestigious mock trial competitions in the United States, is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The Law School will host the competition for Region 10 (Texas and Louisiana). The preliminary rounds will be held in various locations at the Law School on February 4 and 5, and the final rounds will take place in the Eidman Courtroom and Jeffers Courtroom on February 6, beginning at 2 p.m.  Local attorneys and judges will serve as the judging panels for the rounds.  Every ABA-accredited law school in the country is invited to compete in this annual competition. The top two teams from each of the fourteen regional tournaments held around the country will advance to the championship rounds in Dallas on March 24–27.

The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen law students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program 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.

Texas Young Lawyers Association website

Contact: Cheryl Brandt, associate director, Advocacy Program, 512-232-1257, cbrandt@law.utexas.edu