Register to Judge at The Downtown


Join us at The Downtown

  • We’re asking attorneys and law students to judge ONE trial on January 20, 21 or 22. Each trial lasts approximately 2.5 – 3 hours and includes a mandatory 30 minute orientation.
    • Sat, 1/20 – report at 9:30 AM or 2:00 PM
    • Sun, 1/21 – report at 9:30 AM or 2:00 PM
    • Mon, 1/22 – report at 8:15 AM
  • Attorneys can earn 3 non-transitional CLE credits in the category of skills for judging (we can’t offer more than 3 credits, even if you judge multiple trials).
  • The program is hosting approximately 175 students from 18 universities, including Harvard, Yale, Columbia and NYU, among others.
  • The trials are held at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York (500 Pearl Street).
  • Volunteers will either serve as a presiding judge or scoring juror, and will provide students with both written and oral feedback.
  • Complimentary food will be served!

Hear what prior judges have to say about Empire and its students…

Paul LaFata Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Empire NY 2010 - 2016

Empire SF 2014 - 2016

Empire ATL 2015 - 2016


Directions: Please complete all of the fields below. If you have any questions, you can contact us at or 646-481-2332.

If possible, please sign-up to judge Round 3 on Sunday morning, and please do not sign-up to judge Round 1 on Saturday morning.

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