The Capitol City Challenge


The American University, Washington College of Law Stephen S. Weinstein Trial Advocacy Program and Mock Trial Honor Society proudly announce the Eleventh Annual Capitol City Challenge. This year’s competition takes place on March 21-24, 2019 at American University, Washington College of Law's Tenley Campus. The competition features a criminal case problem.

Following the preliminary rounds, all teams are invited to a banquet where we announce the eight teams advancing to the quarterfinal round and celebrate the accomplishments of every competitor. We also present a “Best Advocate” award to the best prosecution and defense advocates from the preliminary rounds. Quarter-finalist and semi-finalist teams will receive plaques, while the first and second place teams will receive trophies. Additionally, members of the winning team and the runner-up will receive individual awards commemorating their accomplishments, with the Eugene N. Hamilton Best Advocate award presented to the best advocate in the final round.

The application deadline was November 1. Those accepted will be notified by November 14. The case file will be available the end of January/early February 2019.

***The case file for 2019 is a sexual assault case. As such, the file will contain sensitive information and material that may affect your students. Furthermore, there will be a gender requirement that the victim is female and the defendant male. Please keep this in mind when deciding to apply.***