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Closing Argument JPCA

The Closing Argument event challenges participants to review a criminal case and deliver a compelling closing argument. Competitors will take on the role of either the Prosecuting or Defense Attorney, articulating their case to a simulated courtroom.
  • Guidelines and Scorecard
  • Regional Scenario

This event serves as a platform for high school students to develop and showcase their persuasive communication skills within the context of a legal setting. By participating in this event, students strengthen their ability to craft compelling arguments, engage audiences, and advocate for their chosen positions—a set of skills that are not only vital for potential careers in law but also for effective communication in various academic and professional endeavors.

Objectives

  • Review the criminal case prior to competition.
  • Prepare a closing argument as either the Prosecuting Attorney or the Defense Attorney.
  • Make notes on a single 3"x5" notecard. Both front and back may be utilized. Nothing else can be brought into the competition.

Recommended Courses

    Court Systems and Practices

Rulebook

The rulebook is the official source of rules for all TPSA competitive events.

  • Type

    Prepared

  • Team Size

    Individual

  • 3

    entries

    Entry Limit

    per Chapter

  • Scoring

    Highest Score Wins

  • Awards

    Top 3 Placements

  • 60

    points

    State Conference

    Advancement Score


Recommended Courses

    Court Systems and Practices


Rulebook

The rulebook is the official source of rules for all TPSA competitive events.

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