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For decades, the Broun National Trial Team (BNTT) has provided the
students of Carolina Law an unparalleled opportunity to develop and showcase
their trial advocacy skills.
Carefully selected and trained, BNTT members compete
annually in several of the most competitive and well-recognized mock trial
tournaments across the country, including the Texas Young Lawyer’s
Association’s National Trial Competition and the American Association for
Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition. At these tournaments, teams of
students simulate jury trials by presenting each side of a civil or criminal
case against teams from other schools. Students argue motions, examine
witnesses, and deliver opening and closing statements before panels of
practicing judges and trial attorneys who provide feedback after each round of
competition. Students also meet and work with professors and attorneys in
preparation for each competition.
Dedicated to providing similar opportunities throughout the
Carolina community, BNTT is known for sponsoring trial advocacy events within
and beyond the halls of Van Hecke-Wettach. Every year, BNTT hosts the
Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Tournament, a well-known 1L tradition
attended by hundreds of first year students from almost every North Carolina
law school. For the past two years, BNTT has partnered with UNC’s Schools of
Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy to simulate a jury trial with graduate students
enrolled in a medical malpractice litigation course. BNTT also hosted the 2014
National Trial Competition Regional Tournament in Durham.
All BNTT members receive course credit for their
participation on the team. Additionally, 2L members are automatically
registered for both Evidence and Trial Advocacy, two popular courses in which
enrollment is competitive.
Students at Carolina Law may become members of the BNTT by successfully competing in a multi-round Tryout
Competition held during the spring semester of their first year. All 1Ls are
welcomed and encouraged to participate. Previous mock trial experience is not
required, and the competition is designed to be meaningful for all
Any questions regarding the Broun National Team Trial should be
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