LSU Law to Host Regional Trial Competition

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The LSU Law Center will host the Region 11 round of the 32nd Annual National Trial Competition February 2-4 in downtown Baton Rouge.

All trials will be held in the courtrooms of the Baton Rouge City Court and the 19th Judicial District Court, with 24 teams from 12 law schools across Louisiana and Texas competing. The top two teams in this regional competition will be declared Regional Winners and invited to participate in the National Finals, composed of 26 teams and held in Houston in March.

In addition to two teams of LSU Law students in the competition, over 100 first-year LSU Law students are participating as witnesses and over 40 upperclassmen are serving as bailiffs.

This prestigious competition was established in 1975 by the Texas Young Lawyers Association to encourage and strengthen students’ advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar. The program is also sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers; and is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.

LSU Law students participating on competition teams are selected based on their performance in a unified tryout procedure held by the Trial Advocacy Board during the fall semester prior to the competition. The Trial Advocacy Board is a student organization that serves the purpose of providing practical trial experience to the student body of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center. To accomplish this objective, the Board organizes the Ira S. Flory Trial Competition for students of the Law Center and coordinates teams to send to interschool trial competitions.

For more information, please visit the Trial Advocacy site, or contact Karen Soniat at 225/578-8645 or ksonia2@lsu.edu.  

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