First Year Trial Advocacy Competition
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The First Year Trial Advocacy Competition will take place on Saturday, January 24, 2015. The competition will begin at 1:00 p.m. and continue through the late afternoon. The competition provides first year students the opportunity to experience a Mock Trial competition environment. In this abbreviated competition, first year students compete against each other and deliver only their closing arguments. The provided case file lays the foundation for each competitor’s closing argument. Participation in the First Year Trial Advocacy Competition is not required for placement within the Society, but is highly encouraged.
The Society will begin to release the case file on January 16, 2015 (via email) to all registered competitors. Each competitor is required to prepare a closing argument for both sides of the case.
On the day of competition, the Society will notify competitors which side they must argue. This will take place at check-in.
Competitors have a maximum of 15 minutes (each) for their closing argument.
All first-year (1L) students are eligible to participate.
Online Payment Instructions
The registration fee for the First Year Trial Advocacy Competition is $10.00. Please register here:
- Registration for the First Year Trial Advocacy Competition
- Registration for the competition is NOW OPEN. Registration CLOSES on January 22, 2015
- First Year Trial Advocacy Competition Case File Released
- January 16, 2015 - Only emailed to registered competitors.
- First Year Trial Advocacy Competition
- First Year Trial Advocacy Competition Saturday, January 24, 2015
Spring Qualifying Tournament
- February 6-20, 2015: Registration opens
- February 9, 2015: Case File for Spring Qualifying Tournament Released
- February 21-22, 2015: Spring Qualifying Tournament
Closing Argument Resources
- Thomas A. Mauet on Trial Techniques - Psychology of Persuasion
- Thomas A. Mauet on Trial Techniques - Closing Arguments
- Berger on Trial Advocacy - Planning and Strategy - Closing Arguments
Please visit the MTHS webcast webpage for additional resources.
We look forward to seeing you at the First Year Trial Advocacy Competition! If you have any questions regarding the 1L Closing Competition, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Attn: Robert Nothdurft - First Year Trial Advocacy Competition" as the subject.