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California Western's trial competition teams prepare and conduct trials before judges. The teams perform direct and cross-examination of witnesses, make motions and objections, and make opening and closing arguments.

Teams compete intrascholastically with other California Western students in the George N. Gafford and David M. Gill Trial competitions, and nationally at the intercollegiate John Marshall Mock Trial Competition, the Association of Trial Lawyers Competition, the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers Competition, and the San Diego Defense Lawyers Mock Trial Competition, among others.


California Western's appellate teams write appellate briefs and then advocate their position to a panel of judges and field questions from the bench.

Teams compete intrascholastically with other California Western students in the William C. Lynch Appellate Competition, and nationally at the intercollegiate Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the USD Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, Pepperdine Entertainment Law Competition, Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and the Whittier National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition, among others.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

There are two separate ADR teams at California Western—Negotiation and Mediation. Both teams utilize collaboratively generated and mutually beneficial solutions to solve problems and put into practice.

Individuals compete intrascholastically with other California Western students in a one-on-one negotiation competition, and teams compete nationally at the intercollegiate Robert R. Merhige Environmental Negotiation Competition, the ABA Negotiation Competition, and the Client Counseling Negotiation Competition, among others.