NJC (National Judicial Competition)

The National Judicial Competition (NJC), held annually in Chicago, brings together Youth in Government participants from around the country to face off in mock trial and appellate court competitions. The event is a partnership between the YMCA of the USA and the American Bar Association. This event offers YIG participants a chance to expand on the legal issues they explore in the state Model Government session and to meet fantastic delegates from other state YIG programs. NJC calls on students to test their speaking and rhetoric skills, and delegates work in groups to prepare speeches and arguments.

As a state, we can send up to six appellate teams (of 2 students each) and up to four mock trial teams (of 5-8 students each). 

All students and advisors will stay at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza and compete at the John Marshall Law School, the Chicago Bar, and the Federal Courthouse. There is also delegation free time, where we will be able to explore the city.

2020 NJC Information

Conference Dates: 

July 27-30, 2020

Travel Dates: 

Depart Wisconsin on Monday, July 27; Return to Wisconsin on Thursday, July 30 (Pick-up and drop-off locations TBD)



Includes conference registration, hotel stay, transportation to and from Chicago, kickoff event, dinner cruise, and delegation dinner


Click here to fill out an NJC application

Financial Assistance Request Form: 

Click here to download the NJC financial assistance request form

Application Deadline: 

March 15, 2020 - First bids awarded at Model Gov

March 30, 2020 - Applications due

April 4, 2020 - Delegates notified of acceptance

June 14, 2020 - NJC retreat in Appleton


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