YMCA National Judicial Competition (NJC) is weeklong, nationwide conference organized by the YMCA of Montgomery, Alabama taking place in Chicago, Illinois. The program offers opportunities for young people to do research in the area of law and legal proceedings; to organize this information into a well-prepared legal argument; to engage in intensive discussion and argue court cases with young people from other states.



Participant Selection: California YMCA Youth & Government sends 24 Model Legislature and Court participants to represent California. Alternate participants will be selected in case of any drops. It is mandatory that alternate participants attend the training conference weekend. 

Preparing for the Conference: In preparation for the conference, participants will attend a mandatory training weekend. During this weekend, participants get an overview of the program including goals, outcomes, and expectation, group work opportunities with fellow participants, court procedural preparations, and group bonding. 

Conference Life: Prior to the conference, participants take part in a pre-trip to Chicago. Pre-trip activities consist of local points of interest, inactive games, local food, and study time to prepare for the competition. Once at the conference site, participants engage in a competitive mock court process. Participants are scored on:

  • Knowledge of Case
  • Evidence of Research
  • Professionalism
  • Preparation and Presentation

The top participants advance to the final showcase round where final rankings are announced.


Important Dates

Applications available in Reggo:                     October 7, 2019

Application deadline in Reggo:                       February 6, 2020

Training Weekend:                                        June 2020, Southern California

YMCA National Judicial Competition:               July 2020, Chicago, IL



For more general information on the program including fees and scholarship opportunities, please contact Adam LaBrie at (916) 287-9622 or njc@calymca.org







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