University of New Hampshire

School of Law

Advanced Trial Advocacy

Through this course, students compete in one of two national trial advocacy competitions during the late winter, during which students intensively prepare and conduct a trial. One regional competition is held in mid-February and the other in late February. National finals (if a team advances) are held one month later. Students receive the competition problem in December, and normally return from winter break one week early to begin the intensive case analysis, brainstorming and courtroom advocacy practice necessary to prepare and conduct a jury trial in a short time period. Numerous practice rounds are held, with students arguing before a variety of visiting judges. The regional competitions are held before actual judges and lawyers, with UNH School of Law teams competing against trial teams from law schools throughout New England.

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