October 23, 2019 through October 26, 2019
 American University Washington College of Law hosts the 2019 NBTA Tournament of Champions


University of Akron School of Law

Baylor Law School

J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University

University of California, Berkeley School of Law

University of Colorado Law School

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

Harvard Law School

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Chicago Kent

Stetson University College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

UCLA School of Law

University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Law

Wake Forest School of Law



2019 Tournament of Champions Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, Oct 23

Schools arrive; evening meet and greet and coaches meeting (location TBD)

Thursday, Oct 24 & Friday Oct 25 - Federal Courthouse, 300 Constitution Ave N.W., Washington, D.C

8:00 am - Teams check in; judges' briefing

9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Preliminary round

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and judges' briefing

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Preliminary round

Friday, Oct 25

Evening - Announce the cut to the semi-finals (location TBD)

Saturday, Oct 26 - American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C

8:00 am - Teams check in for semi-finals; judges' briefing

9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Semi-final round

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch and announcement of finalists

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm - Final round

Evening - Reception

Click here to read about last year's event and final results!


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.

If you have any questions, please contact NBTA Executive Director Melissa Sternbach at [email protected].