In the 2020-21 school year, UCLA Law became the first school ever to win the "triple crown": Tournament of Champions, the National Trial Competition, and the Student Trial Advocacy Competition. In 2021-22, UCLA Law did it again.
In sum, UCLA has won 34 trials competitions and 7 national championships since 2018 -- more than any five law schools combined. At three competitions, the championship round was UCLA v. UCLA.
"The Trial Team changed my career," said Enrico Trevisani '22, who won three national championships, 44 trials, and eight competitions -- the most in law school trial competition history. "I had success in college mock trial, but this program helped me reach another level."
Competing on the Trial Team is also a lot of fun. "It's a family," said co-president Deeksha Kohli. "I've made some of my closest friends on the Trial Team."
Anyone is welcome to audition for the Trial Team. Some developed their passion for the courtroom after taking the law school's trial advocacy courses. Others learned the craft through undergraduate competitions governed by the American Mock Trial Association.
Coaches have included program director Professor Justin Bernstein and some of the most accomplished trial coaches in the country: J.D. Rees, J'me Forrest, Andrew Tran, Neil Thakor, Amanda Mundell, Elizabeth Smiley, Rahul Hari, Kyle DeCamp, Connor Trafton, Alex Bluebond, Melissa Watt, Zach Fields, Deeksha Kohli, Natalie Garson, Seth Wacks, Stephen Johnson, Ben Wallace, Brittnee Bui, Laureen Bousmail, Mikayla Wasiri, Hon. Jack Lucky, Aidan Welsh, Iain Lampert, Enrico Trevisani, Kenny Capesius, Jack Eyers, and Corey Wilson.