The White Collar Crime Invitational is a three-day trial advocacy competition hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center Barristers’ Council. It features a federal criminal trial focused on white collar issues. Past problems include insurance fraud, honest services fraud, and lying to federal investigators.

Eighteen of the nation’s top trial advocacy programs journey to Washington for the competition, which is judged by legal professionals from the greater D.C. Area. The competition is held in the H. Carl Moultrie D.C. Superior Courthouse, located in the heart of Washington, D.C.


The 2016 competition is currently seeking volunteers to help judge rounds. If you are an attorney or judge interested in judging rounds, please complete this form.

Date and Time

The 2016 competition will take place November 11-13. The first round is held on Friday evening, with two additional rounds on Saturday, and semi-final and final rounds on Sunday. The deadline to apply has already passed and the application process is now closed. Invitations are finalized shortly after the application period closes, and the competition problem will be released on October 1st.


The competition consists of three guaranteed preliminary rounds, followed by a semi-final and final round. During each mock trial each student advocate is expected to conduct the direct examination of a witness, the cross examination of a witness, and to present either the opening statement or the closing argument of the case. The advocates will also be evaluated on their professionalism in making routine objections and handling exhibits. A judge and a “jury” of experienced trial attorneys will score the performances. Each trial should last about three hours, followed by a short period of comment by the evaluators. Each team will be provided with their evaluations at the gala on Saturday evening. In the final round, teams will prosecute or defend as follows: if the teams have met before, the teams will switch sides; otherwise, a coin toss will determine the assignment of sides. 

Competitor Information

Each team must consist of four law students, i.e., students who are enrolled, in good standing, currently attending the law school which they represent, and working towards a J.D. degree or its equivalent. A faculty or other advisor should accompany each team. In each trial round, two students will be advocates and two students will be witnesses for their own trial team. A student may be an advocate or a witness in any trial but cannot be both advocate and witness in the same trial; i.e., “permanent witnesses” are permitted. This choice is for each participating team to make. 

Contact Information

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2016 White Collar Crime Invitational Competitors 

  • Participants:
    Brooklyn Law School
    John Marshall Law School
    American University Washington College of Law
    Georgetown University Law Center
    University of Maryland School of Law
    William and Mary Law School
    University of Texas at Austin School of Law
    Stanford Law School
    George Washington University Law School
    University of Houston Law Center
    Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
    University of Denver Strum College of Law
    Emory University School of Law
    Chicago-Kent College of Law
    University of Pennsylvania
    New York University School of Law
    Fordham University School of Law
    University of Connecticut

Past White Collar Crime Invitational Finalists

Champion: University of Texas at Austin School of Law
Runner-up: Chicago-Kent College of Law
Semifinalist: Emory University School of Law
Semifinalist: New York University School of Law

Champion: New York University School of Law
Runner-up: University of Houston Law Center
Semifinalist: Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Semifinalist: Baylor Law School


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