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July 9, 2014
Campbell Law selected for National Civil Trial Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell Law School has been invited to participate in yet another of the nation’s top advocacy competitions, the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC), in Los Angeles, Calif., Nov. 14-16. Hosted by Loyola Law School, the NCTC will feature 16 of the best advocacy programs in the country.

Campbell Law has competed in the NCTC twice before, reaching the semifinals both times.

“This is yet another great achievement for our outstanding advocacy program,” said Campbell Law Dean J. Rich Leonard. “Campbell Law’s student advocates compete alongside and against the best and brightest in the country with great success. We’re excited to send our students to Los Angeles.”

Campbell Law was chosen from a field of 55 institutions that applied to take part in the competition. Participating institutions are selected based upon their past success in regional and national mock trial tournaments, commitment to advocacy training, and geographic diversity.

The prestigious invitation is the second for the law school in as many months. In late June, Campbell Law accepted a spot at the highly acclaimed National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Tournament of Championships mock trial competition for the upcoming academic year.

“We’re thrilled to be invited to the National Civil Trial Competition and to compete alongside the finest law school advocacy programs in the country,” said Campbell Law Assistant Professor of Law and Director of Advocacy Dan Tilly. “Professor Susan Poehls is a leader in trial advocacy. We are truly honored to have the opportunity to compete in the civil trial competition that she created and has fostered into one of the most prestigious invitational advocacy tournaments in the country.”

The NCTC aims to provide student litigants with an opportunity to develop and display the skills of a successful civil litigator. Students are required to perform opening statements, direct- and cross-examination of expert and lay witnesses, closing arguments, and argue objections based on the Federal Rules of Evidence.

The complete list of participating institutions for the 2014 NCTC is below.
Baylor Law School
Campbell Law School
Duquesne University School of Law
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Loyola University of Chicago School of Law
Pepperdine University School of Law
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
Stetson University College of Law
Suffolk University Law School
Syracuse University College of Law
Temple University School of Law
University of Akron School of Law
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
University of Maryland School of Law
University of the Pacific, Mc George School of Law
Washington University, St. Louis

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,650 alumni, including more than 2,500 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit




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