YMCA National Judicial Competition

The YMCA National Judicial Competition (NJC) is an annual competition for high school student participants in the model judicial components (Appellate and Mock Trial) of the YMCA Youth and Government program. The National Judicial Competition allows students to test their speaking and rhetoric skills. Delegates work in groups in order to prepare speeches and arguments about an assigned case.

Each Youth and Government state program selects students from their state to compete in either the Appellate or Mock Trial competitions at NJC. Information about the specifics and logistics of the National Judicial Competiton can be found at www.ymcayag.org/njc/

Application Process

Up to four District Court teams and five Appeals Court teams are eligible to attend National Judicial Competition. Teams will be selected based on that year’s State Conference Results. The State Office contacts qualifying teams after the conclusion of the State Conference.

Teams will be notified by the end of March

Program Fees & Transportation

The fee to participate in the National Judicial Competition is up to $500, with the final amount to be determined based on philanthropic support. This program fee includes:

  • Registration for National Judicial Competition
  • Lodging Accommodations
  • 2 Dinners
  • 1 group activity
  • Conference programming, trainings, meeting space, and materials
  • Swag

This fee does not include transportation costs to/from the Conference.

Delegates can also work with their District Director and local Y to inquire about any opportunities to partially or fully cover their fees and/or transportation.

Learn More

Watch the program spotlight below to learn more about the experience at National Judicial Competition.