October 26, 2018 through October 28, 2018
Drexel Univiersity- Thomas R. Kline School of Law hosts the 2018 NBTA Tournament of Champions


University of Akron School of Law

University of Alabama School of Law

University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law

Baylor Law School

Belmont University College of Law

Berkeley Law

California Western School of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Georgetown University Law School

Harvard Law School

Loyola Law School

Stetson University College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law

UC Hastings College of Law

UMKC School of Law

Wake Forest University School of Law



Members of the Drexel Trial Team won the intensely competitive Tournament of Champions, hosted by Loyola Law School in Los Angeles Nov. 1-4, 2017 for the second consecutive year.

3Ls Phil Pasquarello, Najah Jacobs and Jessica Falkenstein and 2L Hunter McMullin represented the school at the competition, to which the National Board of Trial Advocacy invites just the 16 law schools with the best three-year record of success to take part.

For the second year in a row, Pasquarello was named Best Advocate in the Finals, though Jacobs was close on his heels for the title.

The team reached a total record of 18-2, while no other school won more than 12.

Professor Justin Bernstein, the associate director of Trial Advocacy who served as one of the team’s coaches, said the team is the first to win back-to-back victories in the tournament since the 1990s.

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 [email protected].