WACO, Texas -
Baylor Law’s Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is an invitation-only mock trial tournament that is one of the nation’s most prestigious, and intense, competitions. At the special 10-year anniversary event, dubbed Top Gun X, the best advocates from 16 trial advocacy schools will compete head-to-head in the winner-take-all tournament that will be held June 5-9 at Baylor Law.
The Top Gun X competition is unique by design. Unlike traditional mock trial competitions, participants do not get to prepare for the case prior to the start of the event. Once they arrive at the Sheila & Walter Umphrey Law Center in Waco Texas, home of Baylor Law, the competitors are given a case file and only 24 hours to review the facts of the case and prepare for trial.
The hypothetical case in Top Gun X will be one of the most challenging cases in the event’s 10-year history. The teams competing will need to quickly assimilate depositions, records, photographs, videos, and other materials. Witnesses will be provided, but competitors will have only a short period of time to prepare them to take the stand. The details of the case – which will remain a closely guarded secret until the event - is tied to an event, location, or business in Waco, TX. Preparation for trial will include a fact-finding trip to real locations in Waco where events in the case supposedly occurred.
SCHOOLS SELECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN TOP GUN X - NATIONAL MOCK TRIAL COMPETITION
As the host, Baylor Law does not compete.
Several special events are planned as part of the Top Gun X competition, including an exhibition of the epic showdowns between law schools over the past decade created in partnership with Baylor University Museum Studies Graduate Students and the Mayborn Museum. The final round of Top Gun X will be live-streamed with play-by-play analysis and expert commentary from a distinguished panel of lawyers, coaches, and judges.
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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 7,500 living alumni. Accredited by the American Bar Association and 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 among its notable alumni 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. In its law specialties rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked Baylor Law’s trial advocacy program as among the best in the nation at No. 2. Baylor Law School also is ranked No. 48 in the magazine’s 2020 edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools.” The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the “Best School for Practical Training” and No. 4 in the nation in its most recent “Best Law School Facilities” listing. 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 its inception in 1984. Learn more at baylor.edu/law
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Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions. Learn more at baylor.edu