18th Annual National Trial Advocacy Competition: October 20–22, 2017

This fall, the State Bar of Michigan’s Young Lawyers Section will again host the National Trial Advocacy Competition (NTAC). Consistently drawing some of the best law school teams from across the country, we are looking forward to another great year. This competition is designed for teams of four participants, made up of two advocates and two witnesses. Participants will have an opportunity to perfect their courtroom advocacy skills before judges and practitioners.

The competition will be held October 20–22, 2017, at the Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac (1200 N Telegraph Rd, Pontiac, MI 48340). Note the change in location from last year in Lansing.

This year, the preliminary rounds will be held on Friday, October 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (one round) and on Saturday, October 21, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (two rounds). The semi-final and final rounds will be held on Sunday, October 22 (9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

We welcome your interest and invite you to apply. Please see the important details and deadlines below. The deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST for all dates.

Team Entry Application

Applications will be accepted until August 4, 2017. Applications must be e-mailed to ntacsbmyls@gmail.com and bear the subject line “2017 NTAC Application.” Applications will NOT be available through the State Bar of Michigan this year. Please include in your application the following information:

  • Law school name, address, and phone number
  • Faculty/primary contact for this competition and phone number
  • Primary e-mail address for communication (acceptance will be e-mailed to this address only!)
  • Brief description of previous participation in regional and national competitions

Acceptance

  • Selected teams will be notified by e-mail on August 8.
  • Teams must accept invitations by August 11.
  • The registration fee of $600.00 for selected teams that accept are due by August 21. Further details concerning payment will follow when teams are notified of their acceptance.

Competition Problem & Questions

The competition problem will be released to selected, accepted teams on August 21. Questions regarding the problem and competitor names are due to ntacsbmyls@gmail.com by September 11. Responses to team inquiries will be returned by September 18.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ntacsbmyls@gmail.com.

Thank you and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Sincerely,

Kristina Bilowus
National Trial Advocacy Competition, Team Coordinator

NTAC Previous Winners

  • 2016 University of Houston Law Center Awards Breakdown
  • 2015 University of Houston Law Center Awards Breakdown
  • 2014 Samford University—Cumberland School of Law Awards Breakdown
  • 2013 Faulkner University Jones School of Law Awards Breakdown
  • 2012 Georgia State University College of Law Awards Breakdown
  • 2011 Samford University—Cumberland School of Law Awards Breakdown
  • 2010 Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law Awards Breakdown
  • 2009 University of Alabama School of Law Awards Breakdown
  • 2008 Baylor University Law School Awards Breakdown
  • 2007 Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law Awards Breakdown
  • 2006 Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • 2005 Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
  • 2004 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law
  • 2003 Georgia State University School of Law
  • 2002 Florida State University School of Law
  • 2001 Georgia State University School of Law
  • 2000 Southern Methodist University School of Law