Post # 1
I am looking for tips for trial competitions if you have any! 🙂 My friend and I are in the finals tomorrow in a trial competition and while I think the other team will put us to shame, because they’re on the national trial team, I’d still like to look okay. Any tips/advice?
Post # 3
Congrats on making the finals! One thing I would suggest is find out a little something about the judges if you can. The ones that are actual judges in real life tend to like a more realistic even casual style, versus the ones who are lawyers or involved with competing in some way, who tend to like the more stilted competition everything by the book way. I’ve had points taken off for doing the opposite by both styles of judge. Give them lots of eye contact, and be respectful but don’t be one of the people who asks “May it please the Court, may I please have my water bottle on the table.” I’ve seen that done twice and both times the judge was either holding back laughter or responded with “ummm yeah I guess so counselor….” Not sure if any of that helps lol.
Edit: by casual I don’t mean too casual as in speak to them like a friend, but more in the way of a lawyer who is comfortable and not a scared law student. Best way might be to treat the judge like a professor. Respectfully, but not like s/he is super intimidating.
Post # 4
@JerseyGirlLaur: Thank you for those tips! We have no idea who the judges are before they walk in the room. They are supposed to be local lawyers/judges for this final round. We have gotten opposite feedback through the process, which is very annoying.