External Competitions


Every semester the Mock Trial Board selects qualified Board members to represent George Washington at mock trial competitions around the country.  These teams consist of anywhere from two to six students, depending on the competition. Each team has a practitioner coach from the Washington Metropolitan area, and a student coach, who are appointed by the Vice President of External Competitions.

Current Competitions


Syracuse National Trial Competition 
Location: Virtual
Dates: October 14-17, 2021
Mock Trial Board Team: Matthew Broussard, Jackson Kitchin, Alyssa Kurke, Lisa MacBeth
Coach: John Singer
Georgetown White Collar Crime Invitational
Location: Virtual
Dates: October 29-31, 2021 
Mock Trial Board Team: Danielle Barnes-Smith, Danny Cossey, Lily McClean, Mariya Mendel
Coach: Ieshaah Murphy

First-Year Competition

1L students compete with a partner in the First-Year Competition. A full case packet is given to all competitors and the teams of two are instructed to prepare one pre-assigned side, either prosecution or defense. Each team is assigned an individual student coach that will work with the competitors to help them develop a case theory, instruct them on the logistics of a mock trial competition, and even set up scrimmages with other teams…

Upper-Level Competition

The Upper-Level Competition is open to all GW students who are not first-year students. The Upper-Level is also the avenue for transfer students interested in joining the Board achieve membership, however, current board members may also participate. Unlike the First-Year Competition, those students who compete in the Upper-Level receive one academic credit for their participation, regardless of whether they advance further…

Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition


Every spring, The George Washington University Law School’s Mock Trial Board hosts the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (ETAC) in sunny San Juan Puerto Rico! This year will mark the 5th year of the tournament. Preliminary rounds and an amazing reception at the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce…

History of the
George Washington Mock Trial Board


ABA Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition (Hamden, CT)

• Champions: 2008

Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

• Hosts

Chapmions: 2017, 2019

• Semifinalists: 2016

• Participants: 2013, 2014, 2015

Georgetown White Collar Crime Invitational (Washington, D.C.)

• Champions: 2011

• Semifinalists: 2004, 2009

• Participants: 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

TYLA National Trial Competition

• Regional Champions: 2014, 2018

• Regional Semifinalists: 2016

• Participants: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2019

William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition (Atlanta, GA)

• Participants: 2015, 2016

Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition (New York, NY)

  • Semifinalists: 2016
  • Participants: 2015, 2017

ABA Labor and Employment Law Competition

• Regional Champions: 2010 (Boston)

• Regional Finalists: 2011 (D.C.)

• Participants: 2009, 2012, 2013

Lone Star Invitational (San Antonio, TX)

• Participants: 2014

AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition

• Regional Finalists: 2012

• Regional Semifinalists: 2011

• Participants: 2010, 2014, 2015, 2018

Capitol City Challenge (Washington, DC)

• Quarterfinalists: 2015

• Participants: 2014, 2015, 2014

ABA National Criminal Trial Competition (Chicago, IL)

• Participants: 2009, 2012

Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition (Fairfax, VA)

• Participants: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019

National Civil Rights Trial Advocacy Competition (Queens, NY)

• Participants: 2009 (Finished with 3-0 Record)

Stanford Mock Trial Invitational (Stanford, CA)

• Participants: 2008

NITA Tournament of Champions

• Participants: 2006

BLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

• Champions: 2004, 2018

  • Second Place: 2019
  • Third Place: 2006