The Golden Griffin Challenge (GGC) is an intraschool, upper-division only, truncated mock trial competition featuring student advocate teams of two conducting a cross examination and presenting a closing argument. Teams have a total of 12 minutes to present both a succinct cross examination and a compelling closing argument. The field is limited to 20 teams and the competition features a preliminary round and a final round.
During the preliminary round each team presents their case once. The field is then cut to 4 teams for the final round and the advocates switch roles.
The GGC competition is open to all upper-division GGU Law students. There are no prerequisites to compete and we encourage a fun and supportive environment for our student advocates. The GGC is held in the fall (typically during the second week of classes) and students can begin signing up in July.
2018 GGC winners Janelle Goulart (left) and Emilie Johnson
National Trial Team Tryouts
The Litigation Center at GGU utilizes the GGC as the vehicle by which GGU Law students try out to become a member of GGU's National Trial Team. When students accept an invitation to the National Trial Team they are on the team for the entire academic year. The Litigation Center then fields various regional and national mock trial competition teams throughout the academic year with students from the National Trial Team who are interested and available to compete during a given term (fall or spring). There are no tryouts for the National Trial Team in the spring term.
You must sign up and compete in the GGC in the fall if you want to compete on a mock trial team at GGU in the fall or spring term.
LAW 899G (Competition: Mock Trial) and LAW 899J (Competition: Advanced Mock Trial) are two unit courses that students are registered for when they elect to compete on a mock trial team at GGU (note: students do have the option to compete on a mock trial team without registering for LAW 899G or LAW 899J for units). Each semester, the Litigation Center Director, Professor Kaelyn Romey, provides the registrar's office a list of National Trial Team members who intend to register for either LAW 899G or LAW 899J for the given term.
Students cannot register for LAW 899G or LAW 899J on their own.