Baylor Law Welcomes 16 Schools to the 12th Annual Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

June 2, 2021

Baylor Law Welcomes 16 Schools to the 12th Annual Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition

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Baylor Law’s Top Gun National Mock Trial Competition is the most challenging mock trial competition in the country. The invitation-only tournament, now in its 12th year, pits the best advocates from 16 trial advocacy schools against one another in a head-to-head, winner-takes-all tournament, that will be held June 4-6 at Baylor Law.

Top Gun is the flagship competition in Baylor Law’s ‘Triple Crown’ of intense intramural legal competitions, alongside The Closer, Baylor Law’s demanding, invitation-only transactional law competition, and ‘The Paper Chase,’ the most competitive legal writing contest in Texas. Unlike traditional mock trial competitions, participants do not get to prepare for the case prior to the start of the event. The 16 competitors are given a case file a mere 24 hours prior to the opening rounds. Given just one day, participants must review hundreds of pages of documents, focus on the most important facts of the case, and prepare for trial.


Campbell University Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law - Matthew Hobbs
Chicago-Kent College of Law - Zoe Appler
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law - Ryan Nasino
Fordham University Law School - Carolyn McGuigan
Georgetown University Law Center- Paulina Piasecki
Harvard Law School - Joy Holden
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles - Rima Sahakyan
Samford University Cumberland School of Law - John Banks
Stetson University College of Law - Tyler Hillier
Syracuse University College of Law - Tyler Jefferies
Temple University Beasley School of Law - Lauren Doig
UCLA School of Law - Jack Eyers
University of California Berkeley School of Law - Jenna Forster
University of Denver Sturm College of Law - Rebekah Nickel
University of Pacific McGeorge School of Law - Josh White
Wake Forest University School of Law - Jacq Kasemsri

As the host, students from Baylor Law do not compete.

All rounds of this year’s virtual event will be live-streamed, here:

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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 7,600 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 number two in the magazine’s 2021 edition of "America’s Best Graduate Schools." The National Jurist ranks Baylor Law as one of the "Best School for Practical Training," and one of the 'Best Law School Facilities' in the country. The Business Insider places Baylor Law among the top 50 law schools in the nation. Baylor Law 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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