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National Trial Competitions

Penn State Law students have the opportunity to develop and hone their advocacy skills through faculty-directed participation in a variety of national, local and intra-school mock trial competitions.

Each fall, the law school holds an intra-school mock trial competition for third-year students, where students have the opportunity to present a closing argument for either the prosecution or the defense in a criminal case. 

In addition, the top advocates from the intra-school competition are invited to represent the Law School in a number of national mock trial competitions, including:

Watch a panel discussion on ways to get involved with our trial advocacy programs.

Students interested in learning more about the intra-school mock trial competition or the national mock trial competition teams should contact Professor Gary Gildin.