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Opportunities for Practical Preparation and Development of Courtroom Skills

The Charlotte School of Law Trial Advocacy Honor Board is a student-centered organization led by a team of practicing attorneys focused on continuing the team's tradition of excellence, perseverance, and achievement on both a local and national level. The Trial Advocacy Honor Board provides members with many opportunities to strengthen skills of persuasive rhetoric, effective communication, critical analysis of legal issues, teamwork, and quick thinking.

To become a Trial Advocacy Honor Board member, a student must compete in a highly competitive intra-scholastic competition and then receive an offer to join the board. Once on the board, members compete in inter-scholastic, regional, and national trial advocacy competitions. Through hard work and dedication to trial advocacy, the Trial Advocacy Honor Board gives each member a unique opportunity to walk into a courtroom with confidence, and walk out of one with success.

The Trial Advocacy Honor Board has won or placed in both national and regional competitions, which has resulted in being consistently invited to participate in a number of invitational competitions. The school offers a curriculum to support the Trial Advocacy Honor Board that includes advanced courses in both pre-trial litigation and trial practice.

Charlotte School of Law is the host of the Carolina Invitational Mock Trial Tournament. This annual competition is open to the nine law schools located in North and South Carolina.  In addition, the competition provides students at Carolina Schools and other invited regional law schools an additional opportunity to gain valuable trial advocacy skills.

Trial Advocacy Results

Fall 2014, Semi-finalist, National Criminal Advocacy Competition
Spring 2014, Quarterfinalists, American Association for Justice of the National Competition
Spring 2014, 1st and 5th, American Association for Justice (Regional)
Spring 2014, Semi-finalists, National Trial Competition
Fall 2013, Semi-finalists, Carolinas Invitational Mock Trial Competition
Fall 2013, 3rd out of 26 teams, National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition

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