NCCU Law 1Ls take Silver in K-S competition

Posted by T. Greg Doucette on Jan 17, 2010 in NotFail | Subscribe

The unexpected miracle run had to end eventually, and today was the day :cry:

But after a hard-fought trial in a rematch against Duke Law, the NCCU Law 1L Trial Team — the Legal Eagles — still finished in 2nd place in the 2010 Kilpatrick-Stockton 1L Mock Trial Competition :D

I’ll confess there were some aspects of the final that had me in a certifiably frosty mood when I left the UNCCH Law building earlier this afternoon, but the particulars aren’t the type of thing worth detailing in a family-friendly forum like law:/dev/null ;) I will say our entire team turned in an excellent performance, and it’s been an honor to serve as their captain :)

Top 4 teams in the 2010 Kilpatrick-Stockton 1L Mock Trial Competition

Something that was worth pointing out (at least IMO) is this chart I put together of the final 4 teams.

Now I know several of my Duke Law friends will argue with this chart — as some already have :beatup: — claiming that the difference in cost of attendance is irrelevant, since their salaries at summer associateships and after graduation will more than make up for the extra law school expense.

And they’re certainly right… to an extent.

But given my aspirations to spend my career in public service, on top of my acquired distaste for BigLaw, I’d be lucky to pull down in a year what the Duke grads will make in a month. Keeping that in mind, and considering both of us made it to the finals in this particular competition, as of now I’d say we’ve got the better Return-On-Investment :)

The folks over at Fight the Hypo wrote this entry on the topic of ROI a few weeks ago.

Aside from the clichéd “bang for your buck,” this is also one of those cases where I really can’t consider a loss as a loss: when the judges announced the results this afternoon and handed me a certificate for our team’s performance, the crowd was told “If this were a real trial, the verdict would be to acquit.”

So we lost the competition… but won our case. As much as I love being #1, it’s gratifying to know a client paying us would have gotten their money’s worth ;)

Here’s how the final competition turned out for us over 4 days:

  • Round 1A:  UNCCH 1 vs. NCCU (W)
  • Round 1B:  NCCU vs. Campbell 3 (W)
  • Round 2:  NCCU vs. Campbell 1 (W)
  • Round 3:  UNCCH 7 vs. NCCU (W)
  • Round 4:  NCCU vs. Duke 1 (W)
  • Round 5:  Duke 1 vs. NCCU (L)

I’d be ecstatic if my Wolfpack could keep an 83% win-loss ratio in football (or basketball, or hell any sport for that matter :beatup: ) — so I’m pretty doggone happy+proud of us :D

And now I can finally go back to reading the cases I’m paying that $8K in tuition+fees to study ;)

Many thanks to all of you who commented and emailed and FB’d me to send your support, it meant a lot! I’m hoping I’ll be able to repay the gesture at some point over the next 2 years :)

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5 Comments

idwsj
Jan 18, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Congrats on the second place finish. That’s pretty darn impressive.


 
WW
Jan 18, 2010 at 2:41 PM

I was @ the Thurgood Marshall competition this weekend. NCCU must have a great mock trial program because they were 3rd at our competition. Do you think you will keep going with mock trial or try journal/moot court?


 
TDot
Jan 19, 2010 at 12:23 AM

I’m not sure anymore :beatup:

I was planning to go the journal/moot court route because they both seemed more cerebral, and when I worked in BigLaw the highlight of my time was drafting a brief and corresponding oral arguments that the partner I worked for actually used (and won).

However…

This whole experience here has me thinking otherwise. Developing a coherent theory of the case and corresponding testimony, refining opening/closing arguments, flummoxing opposing counsel with appropriate objections and incisive cross-examination… it all feeds my competitive side. A lot :D

So we’ll see, but for now I’m thinking of sticking with mock trial. Maybe we’ll cross paths next year :)


 
Lotta
Jan 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

Wow, you did great! Congratulations!!


 
TDot
Jan 23, 2010 at 1:19 AM

Thanks Lotta!! :D


 

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