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November/December 2008 , Page 62 

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Intra-School Trial Competitions: A Quick and Dirty Guide

By Rachel L. Wood

Advocacy board teams, such as moot court, alternative dispute resolution, and trial team, often only give a select number of students the opportunity to develop and showcase their skills. Intra-school competitions fill an important niche for students who are not part of an advocacy board team. This article will briefly discuss how students can organize and run such a competition.

Intra-school competitions are run similar to national competitions with scored rounds — two preliminary rounds, a semi-final round (top four teams), and a final round. Each team consists of four students. With two preliminary rounds, each team has the opportunity to present both the prosecution and defense sides of the case. Since each team is composed of four students, two students advocate for the prosecution while the other two students play prosecution witnesses; then, the previous witnesses advocate for the defense and the previous advocates play defense witnesses.

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