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University of Cincinnati's Stephen Johnson prepares for the final.
Watch the final round of the 2021 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 fourth annual Trial by Combat will be held June 24-26, 2022 in Los Angeles. Each competitor is permitted a second chair (a teammate to assist in a non-speaking capacity during trial) and a coach (who may assist outside of trial).

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.
  • When the tournament is virtual, competitors may also receive assistance from a Second Chair—any current/graduating student from their school.

2022 Tournament

  1. Ali Alekri, University of Chicago
  2. Thomas Azari, University of Maryland - Baltimore County
  3. Elizabeth Baldwin, Rhodes College
  4. Sara Campbell, Yale University
  5. Benjamin Crosby, Patrick Henry College
  6. Bennett Demsky, Tufts University
  7. Marra Edwards, Furman University
  8. Elizabeth Grant, Stanford University
  9. Travis Harper, Harvard University
  10. Varun Aggarwal, Georgia Institute of Technology
  11. Riya Lakkaraju, Emory University
  12. Juliana Mayer, Duke University
  13. James Orr, University of Virginia
  14. Ruby Scanlon, Northwestern University
  15. Camille Schaefer, UCLA
  16. Madelyn Whalen, UC Santa Barbara

View past competition results and videos