... thinks creatively, with mastery of the facts
... communicates persuasively and clearly
... presents with confidence, poise and flexibility
... has command of the law and rules of evidence
... and, above all else ...
... is courteous, professional and ethical.
Top 20 law school for practical training
by National Jurist Magazine (March 2014)
GGU Law, through its Litigation Center, is a leader in litigation skills, practical training and experiential learning. Our national competition is named after our founding director Prof. Bernie L. Segal.
The competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Each Fall, GGU hosts 16 teams from established advocacy programs from around the country each Fall. This year's competition is October 23-26, 2014.
The competition starts on Thursday night with a witness prep reception and coaches' meeting and culminates with Sunday's final trial and wine tour in Sonoma County with transportation provided as part of the competition. We will host two guaranteed rounds on Friday followed by a reception where we announce that the top 8 teams which advance to the quarter-final trials on Saturday. The In Vino file is based upon a federal criminal case and involves actual criminal strategy and issues.
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Mock trial competition is an excellent litigation training tool for our advocates and GGU has a strong tradition of excellence and success in competition.
We typically compete in several regional and national competitions each semester in different substantive areas of the law. We also conduct "mock trial collaborations" and intra-school competitions.
Bernard “Bernie” L. Segal Founder – In Loving Memory (1929-2011)
A distinguished trial lawyer who was nationally renowned as a master teacher in trial advocacy programs for lawyers, Professor Segal directed the Law School’s mock trial competition programs and has taught at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs, Tel Aviv University, and at Holborn College of Law in London. Professor Segal served as counsel for Dr. Jeffrey MacDonald in the famous Green Beret murder case that was the subject of the book and movie “Fatal Vision.”
“Bernie,” as he was known to his friends, students, and colleagues, passed away in July 2011 at the age of 81, having served Golden Gate University School of Law and the Litigation Center for nearly forty years. Obituaries and Tributes
In Bernie's honor and memory, we host a national mock trial competition in the Fall - the GGU-BLS Criminal Mock Trial Competition: In Vino Veritas and an intra-school advocacy competition for 1L students each Spring - the Bernie Cross 'n Close Competition.