Sweetser Closing Argument Competition

Sweetser Law Office Closing Argument Competition 

February 24th, 2024 - 8:00am - 1:00pm 


  • First place: $2,500
  • Second place: $1,000
  • Third place: $500

About the Competition 

The Sweetser Closing Argument Competition is an exciting educational event presented by Sweetser Law Office, a Spokane personal injury firm. Prizes are awarded to participants selected by a jury panel of trial attorneys. The purpose of the competition is to provide law students an opportunity to display their trial presentation abilities and hone their oral advocacy skills.

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Competition Rules


The competition is open to all Gonzaga Law Students. Participants must be full- or part-time seeking a J.D. at Gonzaga Law School.

Competition Format

Participants receive a fact pattern and jury instructions one (1) hour before their closing argument. Participants are allotted a maximum 15 minutes for closing argument. Arguments are video-recorded and reviewed by an experienced judges panel. Participants receive a copy of their recorded argument and written feedback from judges.

2021 fact pattern and jury instructions

Entry Submission

Space is limited; please RSVP on Zagtivities.If the maximum participation cap (30) is reached, additional interested students will be placed on a waitlist and 3Ls will be given priority.

Entry Review

The Competition recordings will be distributed to a judging panel after the competition. The panel will review each argument and choose the finalists.  


The first place winner will receive a prize of $2,500. The second place winner will receive a prize of $1,000. The third place winner will receive a prize of $500.

Reception and Winners

The finalists will be announced at the award reception on March 21st. 

Compliance and Decisions

The Competition Committee may refuse to consider entries that do not comply with the Competition Rules. Competition Committee decisions will be final.

Rule Revisions

The Competition Rules may be revised or supplemented by the Competition Committee or Gonzaga Law School at any time before or up to the start of the Competition.


Questions regarding any aspect of the Competition should be directed to Myonne Davis-Nicholson at davis-nicholson@gonzaga.edu.