Two teams from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s National Trial Team competed in the Philadelphia Regional of the National Trial Competition—considered one of the most competitive and prestigious national trial advocacy competitions—on Feb. 11-14. This year marked Villanova Law’s best finish at NTC since 2010.
After winning their first three rounds, Ryan Furlong ’16 and Jacob Mintun ’17 placed second in the competition; Graham Bickel ’16 and Farzana Islam ’16 narrowly missed advancing to the semifinal round. Organized by the Texas Young Lawyers Association, the National Trial Competition is split into 14 regions, with Villanova in a particularly strong region comprised of several high-caliber law schools.
Villanova Law’s National Trial Team is a student organization that focuses on oral advocacy at the trial level. The Trial Team represents Villanova at regional and national competitions hosted by other law schools and bar associations across the country. Students on the Trial Team are coached by some of the region’s finest litigators, all of whom competed on a team during law school. Philadelphia Assistant Defender Matthew Helman '10 and Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Steven Patton '15 coached the students at this year’s NTC competition.
To learn more about Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law’s trial team and other trial advocacy programs, click here.