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Upcoming Kelly Competition

The Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition is hosted by Fordham University School of Law.

This year the competition will take place from Thursday, November 10 to Sunday, November 13, 2022.

After two years hosting this competition virtually due to the pandemic, we are excited to welcome competitors in person this year. The competition will include preliminary, semi-final, and final rounds throughout the four days in New York, NY.

To make an in-person competition possible and ensure the safety of all advocates, judges, and witnesses, all competitors must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 prior to the competition.

*Kelly Competition Packet forthcoming*

Teams consist of two students (and only two students) who prepare both sides of the problem. The advocate who delivers the opening statement for the prosecution will deliver the closing argument for the defense, and the advocate who delivers the closing argument for the prosecution will deliver the opening statement for the defense. All witnesses will be provided by Fordham University and each team will have 15 minutes to prepare their side’s witnesses prior to each round.

Past Kelly Competition Champions include:

  • 2021, 2015: Brooklyn Law School
  • 2020: Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • 2019: Drexel
  • 2018: Temple University Beasley School of Law
  • 2017, Oct. 2014, Feb. 2014, 2011: Georgetown University Law Center
  • 2016: Yale
  • 2015: Brooklyn Law School
  • 2012: Drexel

Questions and concerns may be directed to Olivia Angel, Jacob Marcus, and Julia Tedesco, the 2022–2023 Kelly Competition Editors, at [email protected].

We look forward to receiving your application!