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Hofstra Law Selected to Participate in Exclusive Trial Competition

Hofstra Law has been selected to compete in the invitation-only National Criminal Justice Trial Competition, to be held in March 2015. The competition is limited to 20 teams, which are selected based on success at competitions in prior years. The 2015 competition will be the first in which Hofstra Law is competing.

The competition features teams of four student advocates who will present both sides of a criminal fact pattern. All teams will compete for the prestigious championship title, which will be given to the winner of the tournament. Held in Chicago, Illinois, the competition is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and The John Marshall Law School.

“The Tournament of Champions is an elite competition for those schools that have stellar advocacy programs,” said Professor Barbara Barron, director of the Trial Techniques Program. “We are fortunate to be among that elite group. Therefore, to be chosen to represent the Law School at the tournament is not only an honor but an obligation to maintain the high performance standards our advocacy skills students have maintained over the past several years. I know that our students are up to the task.”

Hofstra Law’s trial team success in the 2013-2014 school year which led to its selection included the following:

  • First place in the Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Competition
  • Finalists in the Regional ABA Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Semifinalists in the ABA Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Regional finalists in the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition
  • Many individual awards to competing students

Learn more about the Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association.