Opening Statement

The Opening Statement Competition is an intra-school competition exclusively for second-year students.  It is designed as an introduction to trial advocacy skills for second-year students interested in participating in LSU’s Flory Trial Competitions and various external traveling competition teams.

The Opening Statement Competition is based on the Fall semester’s Flory Trial Problem, and is typically held in early September of the fall semester.  The 2017 Opening Statement Competition will use the Fall 2017 Flory Trial Problem.  Registration will open on August 15, 2017.

The Opening Statement Competition consists of two rounds:

  • A preliminary round, in which each competitor will present their opening statement to a panel of Trial Advocacy Board members.  The preliminary round will be held on August 24, 2017.
  • A championship round, in which the students who presented the top five opening statements for the prosecution and defense respectively will present their openings to a panel of attorney judges in order to be named the Opening Statement competition winner.  The championship round will be held in the Robinson Courtroom on August 28, 2017.

Competitors should read the complete competition rules before registration.

To register, students must submit an online registration form.  The registration deadline is 5:00 pm on August 22, 2017.  (Students are encouraged to register early in order to receive their side assignment as early as possible.)

Questions about the competition should be directed to the Trial Advocacy Board at

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