The Postponed Thirteenth National Ethics Trial Competition will be held March 18 to 20, 2021.

We invite all interested schools to apply using the application form below. Deadline for applications: Oct. 2, 2020. All schools that registered for the 2020 event will be grandfathered in, with a 50% reduction in the $400 registration fee.1

1 Schools that were not attending the postponed 2020 event should be advised: we will be using the same case file as was issued for 2020; thus, returning 2020 schools will have a “head start” on the file. However, we will make the file available to you by mid-October, which we trust will allay concerns about any undue advantage.

The announcement of schools invited will be issued by Oct. 9. If CoVid-19 continues to prevent in-person events, we will arrange online competition procedures.

About the Competition

McGeorge's National Ethics Trial Competition was established in 2006 to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format. As far as we know, it is the only law school-sponsored competition that features both an ethical component in the issues to be tried and scoring based on the participants' observation of ethical and civility principles. The competition provides an opportunity for student trial lawyers to develop and display their knowledge and skills of professional responsibility in trial work. Trials are judged by distinguished members of the bench and bar, including judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California, Superior Courts of California, and members of the Anthony M. Kennedy and Milton Schwartz Inns of Court. All competition rounds are held at the Robert T. Matsui U.S. Courthouse in Sacramento.


Professor Thomas J. Leach
National Ethics Trial Competition
McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
3200 Fifth Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Email | Phone: 916.715.2348