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University of Cincinnati's Stephen Johnson prepares for the final.
Watch the final round of the 2019 competition.

Trial by Combat

The Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law and the UCLA School of Law co-host Trial by Combat, the 1-on-1 collegiate mock trial national championship. This tournament aims to celebrate the best individual college competitors in the country—and identify the very best.

The third annual Trial by Combat will be June 26-28, 2020 as an online competition. The 2021 event will be in Los Angeles at UCLA School of Law.

Competition Format

Jonathan Kuang of UCLA addresses a witness during the final.

  • Competitors receive the case on the morning of the first day of the tournament and have approximately 24 hours to prepare.
  • Each trial has two attorneys (P attorney v. D attorney) and two witnesses (P witness v. D witness).
  • During the four preliminary trials, each competitor performs each of those four roles exactly once, though significantly greater weight is placed on attorney performance. The top four students compete as attorneys in the Semifinals, and the winners compete as attorneys in the Championship Trial.
  • The field is limited to 16 competitors nationwide.
  • During the tournament, competitors may receive help/coaching from one person—a coach, a teammate, an alum, whomever they wish.

2020 Tournament

As students are confirmed, we will add their names here:

    1. Steven Becker, Tufts University
    2. Matthew Besman, The Ohio State University
    3. Josie Bianchi, Stanford University
    4. Regina Campbell, University of Chicago
    5. Sydney Gaskins, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
    6. Bri Goodchild, University of Minnesota
    7. Julia Greve, University of Cincinnati
    8. Samuel Gross, Yale University
    9. Richard Madden, Rhodes College
    10. Sonali Mehta, Duke University
    11. Elias Neibart, Emory University
    12. Daniel Peale, University of Virginia
    13. Mashell Rahimzadeh, Columbia University
    14. Taylor Rich, Florida State University
    15. Harsha Sridhar, Georgia Institute of Technology
    16. Sasha Yusuf, University of California, Irvine

2019 Tournament

Trial by Combat 2019 was an unqualified success. After drawing applications from more than 100 AMTA students across the country, the top 16 students were selected. They represented 6 of AMTA’s top ten TPR team, and they owned an astounding 21 All-American Awards. University of Cincinnati's Stephen Johnson won the competition—and our unique first-place trophy, an engraved sword.

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