McGeorge School of Law

National Ethics Trial 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.

For 2018, McGeorge and UC Davis will be co-hosting our region's 2018 National Trial Regional (NTC) Competition on Feb. 8, 9 and 10. We are seeking judges and witnesses for the NTC regional round.


Accordingly, the National Ethics Trial Competition will not be held this Spring but will resume in 2019. Please stay faithful and look here in September 2018, when the call will go out for applications.

The purpose of the annual competition is to provide 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 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: 916.739.7002 | Fax: 916.739.7331