Suffolk Law student litigators Ashley Durkin '15, Kelsey Force '15, Lauren Hatch '15, and Jillian Richards '15, and their coach Professor Timothy Wilton are heading to Los Angeles this weekend for the “Super Bowl” of collegiate competitions, the annual National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC). Sixteen of the nation’s top trial competition programs will face off at the competition.

Welcome to Santa Monica
The preliminary elimination rounds begin Friday, Nov. 14, at the Santa Monica Courthouse. The semi-final and final rounds will be argued at Loyola Law School on Sunday, Nov. 16. Just a few of the other schools in the competition this year are University of California, Berkeley; University of Maryland; Baylor University; and Syracuse University.

64 students in the mix
The competition involves 64 law student litigants representing their schools on teams of four. The students will act as advocates/witnesses to perform opening statements, conduct direct and cross examination of expert and lay witnesses, make closing arguments and argue objections based on the Federal Rules of Evidence.

A winning tradition
Suffolk Law’s National Trial Team has dominated New England regional competitions for decades—with a total of 25 regional championships in the last 29 years.

  • Consistently among the Top 16 teams in the nation invited to the prestigious National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Tournament of Champions.
  • 12-time New England regional champions in the American Association of Justice Student Advocacy Competition
  • 13-time regional champs in the National Trial Competition
  • Invited to the NITA tournament 8 of the last 10 ten years and 21 times in the last 24 years.

It’s an almost spotless record as one of the top trial competition schools in the nation.