The National Judicial Competition (NJC) brings together Youth and Government participants from around the country to face off in mock trial and appellate competitions. NJC allows students to test their speaking and rhetoric skills. Delegates work in groups to prepare speeches and arguments about an assigned case. NJC takes place in Chicago over four days, usually in early August.
NJC kicks off with a dinner and entertainment event followed by two full days of Judicial competition at the John Marshall Law School, the Chicago Bar, and the Federal Courthouse. The event concludes with showcase rounds and a closing awards ceremony. Delegates also have the opportunity to go on a riverboat cruise and enjoy Chicago’s sights and eats!
The State Office selects teams to represent Texas Youth and Government based on the current program year’s State Conference results. The State Office contacts qualifying teams soon after State Conference. Generally, up to four District Court teams and five Appeals Court teams are eligible to attend.
NJC delegates are responsible for fees that range from $550-$600. This estimate covers lodging, some meals, and conference programming and materials. It does not cover transportation to/from the conference. Texas YG will work with students who would like to find financial assistance and/or sponsorship.