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Trial Advocacy Program Prepares for Busy Spring

Jan. 12, 2018

The American University Washington College of Law Trial Advocacy Program, ranked 4th in the nation, is gearing up for a busy spring semester of events and competitions, for both AUWCL students and teams from schools around the country. The Program, which offers 22 specialized trial advocacy courses to more than 450 students each year, is hosting a competition sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers here Feb. 9-11, and their 10th Annual Capital City Challenge Mock Trial Competition March 2-4.  

  • The Texas Young Lawyers Regional Trial Competition, co-sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers, will take place at AUWCL Feb. 9-11, 2018.  The top two teams in our regional competition will be invited to participate in the national competition, held April 4-8, 2018 in Austin, Texas.  See a list of all the regional host schools. If you are interested in judging this competition please fill out the form here.
  • The Tenth Annual Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition, our Trial Advocacy Program’s annual national event, will be held the weekend of March 2-4, 2018.  This year we have a record number of the top-ranked trial advocacy programs in the nation competing.  The final round of the Capitol City Challenge will be held from 1-5:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. Those interested in judging the Capitol City Challenge can fill out times available here.

AUWCL has more than 50 moot court, mock trial, and ADR competition teams that bring home team and individual recognition for students every year. Recently, members of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honor Society had an outstanding showing at mediation tournament in Bhopal, India. Read more about them here, and check out our Moot Court, Mock Trial, and ADR team sites.

In addition to upcoming competitions, the Trial Advocacy Program along with Centro de Estudios de Justicia de las Américas (CEJA) and Universidad Alberto Hurtado is hosting its third offering of the Diploma in Oral Litigation (Program). The Program is designed to provide instruction on the new procedural rules in the criminal justice systems in Latin America; an introduction to the United States courts and evidence; and workshops on United States courtroom trial practice skills. The first week of the course is taught by CEJA and Universidad Alberto Hurtado faculty, and the second week is taught by AUWCL faculty. 

More information about our Trial Advocacy Program can be found at