The Tournament of Champions is this week! Below is our original post with information about the event. Updates have been added at the end.

It's October, which means the NBTA Tournament of Champions Trial Competition is less than a month away. The "Thriller at the River" will be hosted by Washington University School of Law in St. Louis and held at the Thomas Eagleton Federal Courthouse downtown.

The trial problem, prepared by Judge David C. Mason, an adjunct professor and tournament director, will be based on the well-noted police shooting in nearby Ferguson, Missouri. This will continue the TOC tradition of the host law school preparing a competition case based on an actual case from the host’s jurisdiction. The case will allow the students to experience litigating the issue of whether the shooting was a legal use of force or criminal homicide.

While drawing heavily from the Ferguson case, Judge Mason has edited and changed much of the key testimony to balance the merits and have a case that can be tried in a three-hour competitive mock trial.

About the Tournament of Champions

In 1989, Professor Charles E. “Chuck” Kirkwood, of the University of Akron School of Law, hosted the first Tournament of Champions Trial Competition. He invited the best trial advocacy law schools in the nation. Invitations were based on performance over the years in two “open” student trial competitions: the National Trial Competition and the American Association for Justice (AAJ) National Student Trial Advocacy Competition. The tournament was informal and fun, with a focus on outstanding trial advocacy skills.

Today, the tournament is one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation and is known for having the highest quality of congeniality and good sportsmanship. Each year, 16 schools are invited. The invitations are based on a three-year performance record at the National trial Competition and the AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and performances at prior Tournament of Champions competition.

Competing Universities

Baylor Law School
Campbell University School of Law
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Loyola-Chicago University School of Law
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Notre Dame Law School
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Suffolk University Law School
Syracuse University College of Law
Temple University Law School
The University of Akron School of Law
University of Colorado Law School
Washington University School of Law
Yale Law School

View the full Tournament agenda at the WULS TOC website.

*Update 10/26/15* - Since our original post, Washington University has updated its TOC page to include the TOC official rules and case file the teams will be working.