Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in the 2018 Top Gun Competition

May 3, 2018

Baylor Law Announces Law Schools Participating in the 2018 Top Gun Competition

WACO, Texas, May 3, 2018 -

Baylor Law’s Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament that has become one of the nation’s most prestigious, and intense, competitions. The best advocates from 16 trial advocacy schools compete head-to-head in the winner-take-all tournament that will be held May 30 through June 3 at Baylor Law.

Baylor Law distinguishes the Top Gun competition from other mock trials with its innovative rules. Competitors do not get to prepare for the case prior to the start of the competition. Once they arrive at Baylor Law, the competitors are given a case file and only 24 hours to prepare before competing in the opening rounds. The case files contain depositions, records, photographs and videos. Witnesses are provided and the competitors have only a short period of time to prepare them to take the stand. The case – which will remain a closely guarded secret until the event - is tied to an event or location here in Waco, TX and preparation for trial will include a fact-finding trip to the actual places where events in the case supposedly occurred.

Participants in Baylor Law's invitation-only Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition announced for 2018

As the host, Baylor Law does not compete.

The schools competing in the 2018 Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition are:

American University Washington College of Law

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

Loyola Law School Los Angeles

Maurice A. Deane School of Law Hofstra University

Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Stetson University College of Law

Syracuse University College of Law

Temple University Beasley School of Law

The University of Akron School of Law

University of California Berkeley Law

UC Hastings College of the Law

University of Georgia School of Law

University of Michigan Law School

Wake Forest University School of Law

Participating advocates from the invited schools will be announced shortly.

MEDIA CONTACT: Ed Nelson, Director of Marketing & Communications
PHONE: 254-710-6681

Established in 1857, Baylor Law was one of the first law schools in Texas and one of the first west of the Mississippi River. Today, the school has more than 7,400 living alumni. It is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Baylor Law has a record of producing outstanding lawyers, many of whom decide upon a career in public service. Baylor Law boasts two governors, members or former members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, two former directors of the FBI, U.S. ambassadors, federal judges, justices of the Texas Supreme Court and members of the Texas Legislature among its notable alumni. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as one of the top 5 in the nation. Baylor Law School is also ranked #50 in the magazine’s 2019 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and #4 in the nation in its most recent "Best Law School Facilities" listing. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law School received the 2015 American Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, making it only the third law school in the nation to be honored with the award since the award's inception in 1984. Learn more at

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