Top 10 reasons to join your law school’s trial team

In what appears to be a growing series of tips for current law students, let's focus on the benefits of participating in a trial competition. I will caution you that many of the rumors are true: The workload can be staggering and you should expect to practice anywhere from 10 to 15 hours a week. Hard work notwithstanding, the rewards are well worth it. So, with that in mind, and with a devil-may-care attitude, I give you the 10 reasons every 1L or 2L should consider trying out for their school’s trial team. 1. Through your intensive practices, you’ll learn to quickly develop and articulate a persuasive argument, as other practitioners, and more importantly, your clients, will expect. Can you imagine arguing motions and using “fillers” such as “um” during your pauses?  Seems ridiculous, but most people use them in daily conversations. With guidance and occasional glares from your coach, those fillers will likely disappear.

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