Tournament of Champions (TOC)

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The Tournament of Champions, sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), is an invitational competition. The competitors are part of the nation's sixteen (16) top-ranked trial schools. The competition is a grueling one and ultimately the winner of the competition has the honor of calling itself the best trial school in the nation.

Hundreds of trial teams compete nationally to earn the privilege of being invited to this competition. Teams are selected on the basis of their demonstrated record of achievement during the past three (3) years in regional and national competitions, such as those sponsored by the American Association of Justice (AAJ), the Tournament of Champions (TOC), and the National Trial Competition (NTC), which is co-sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Experienced trial lawyers and judges preside over the preliminary rounds. A panel of distinguished federal and state trial and appellate judges serve as judges in the semi-final and final rounds.