The Catholic University of America
National Trial Team

CUA Law’s National Trial Team has been recognized as among the best in the nation. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the trial advocacy program #14 among all law schools.

The National Trial Team consists of talented, intelligent, and dedicated students with a strong interest in litigation, and specifically, trial advocacy. Students that earn the privilege to represent the law school at national trial competitions test their skills against law students from around the country, advocating in simulated hearings and trials in civil and criminal cases. We have a history of excellence at these competitions.

National Trial Team members are selected each spring during a highly competitive tryout that tests their reasoning ability, judgment, and oral advocacy, and which culminates with either an opening statement or closing argument delivered to a jury. Members selected to compete in national trial competitions are actively coached by both faculty and respected alumni, including local prosecutors, public defenders, and civil litigators.

If you are interested in learning more about trial team, please contact Professor John Sharifi, sharifi@law.edu, or Professor Lindsey Cloud Mervis, mervis@law.edu.

 

Recent National Trial Team Highlights

2015

Best Advocate - Chris Geissler
Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition  
Washington, DC
 

2014

1st Place
John L. Costello Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition
Fairfax, VA

2nd Place
National Mock Trial Competition, Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, FL

Best Advocate - Steven Widmann
National Mock Trial Competition, Florida State University College of Law
Tallahassee, FL
 

For a complete list of the Trial Team's Higlights click here.