2017 NBTA Tournament of Champions

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - Saturday, November 4, 2017



Judges Needed for 2017 Tournament of Champions


We are excited to once again sponsor the Tournament of Champions, this year hosted by past winner Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. 

The tournament will be held in Downtown Los Angeles at the new federal courthouse and on the Loyola Law School campus. The competition will run from Nov. 1-4.

To that end, we are now seeking judges and evaluators for this fall's event. To register to participate, please click here. The competition schedule begins with Round 1 on Nov. 2.

Judges will preside over the trials while evaluators will assess the advocacy of the students and teams. Evaluators will be asked to score the teams on the basis of their trial skills, as demonstrated in direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, handling of exhibits, use and argument of objections, and arguments to the jury.

About the Tournament of Champions
In 1989, Professor Charles E. “Chuck” Kirkwood, of the University of Akron School of Law, hosted the first Tournament of Champions Trial Competition. He invited the best trial advocacy law schools in the nation. Invitations were based on performance over the years in two “open” student trial competitions: the National Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice (AAJ) National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The tournament was informal and fun, with a focus on outstanding trial advocacy skills.

Today, the tournament is one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation and is known for having the highest quality of congeniality and good sportsmanship. Each year, 16 schools are invited. The invitations are based on a three-year performance record at the National trial Competition and the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and performances at prior Tournament of Champions competition.

If you have any questions, please contact NBTA Executive Director Melissa Sternbach at msternbach@nbtalawyers.org.