The YMCA National Judicial Competition (NJC) is an annual competition for high school student participants in the model judicial components – Appellate Court and Mock Trial – of the YMCA Youth and Government program.
Each Youth and Government state program selects students from their state to compete in either the Appellate or Mock Trial competitions.
Registration for NJC opens each spring, and is coordinated through your state program, so please reach out to your state program contact with any questions:
Any state program staff with questions about their teams should email NJC Director Brittany Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the case materials and rules/procedures for Appellate teams:
2024 NJC Appellate Case
2024 NJC Appellate Rules
2024 Appellate Rubric
2024 Appellate FAQ
2024 Appellate Competition resources are coming soon.
Students selected to serve as a Chief Justice do NOT participate on Appellate teams. They will lead their courtrooms and support the legal volunteers scoring the teams.
Below are the case materials and rules/procedures for Mock Trial teams:
2024 NJC Mock Trial Case
2024 Mock Trial Rules and Procedures
2024 Mock Trial Rules of Evidence
2024 Mock Trial Rubric
2024 Mock Trial Competition resources are coming soon.
Students selected to serve as a Chief Judge do NOT participate on Mock Trial teams. They will lead their courtrooms and support the legal volunteers scoring the teams.