John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition

February 2023

Registration for the Fifteenth Annual John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition is coming soon.

Venue Information about the Costello Competition

The competition trials will be held in person at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School unless there is a severe turn of events.

General Information about the Costello Competition

The Costello Competition is uniquely designed by Judge Jonathan Thacher to take participants outside the typical realms of law school competitions. By revealing unknown facts and witnesses as the competition progresses, the Costello Competition simulates the evolving and unexpected nature of real-life criminal trials. This dynamic design provides competitors with a realistic experience as counsel in a criminal trial and an exciting take on trial advocacy! All competition judges are local judges and practitioners, making the competition as realistic as possible! Judges and competitors will use the Virginia Rules of Evidence and the Virginia Rules of Criminal Procedure.

Competing schools will be permitted to send at least one team to the Costello Competition. If, for whatever reason, all available slots do not fill up, then schools will be able to register additional teams on a first-come basis. The application to register for Costello Competition is coming soon.

For any additional questions or information, please contact Annette Yospe at gmusltrialad@gmail.com.