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Click here to access Clarification Questions and Responses (updated as of 3/7/14)
Click here to access the 2014 STAC Regional Placements
Click here to access the 2014 STAC Coaches Registration
Regionals: March 20 – 23, 2014
National finals: April 10-13, 2014 in Santa Monica, CA
AAJ 2014 STAC TIME LINE (THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
- September 13: Competition dates posted and school registration begins
- November 8: School Registration ends
- November 21: Team assignments emailed
- December 4: Official Rules and Fact Pattern published
- January 17: Requests for Fact Pattern clarifications due via an online survey
- January 31: Regional locations and placements announced and emailed
- February 7: Participating team members need to register as an AAJ Law Student member and sign-up for the 2014 STAC event online (see above)
- February 7: Coaches Registration Form due via an online survey
- February 25: Responses to clarifications posted
The competition is open to law schools nationwide. Each school may enter up to two teams, each team consisting of four law students. PLEASE NOTE that your second team will not be officially registered until one team from each law school has entered the mock trial competition. Then the second team will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis until all the team slots are filled. Remaining teams will be placed on a waiting list. If spots open due to teams dropping out of the competition, those spots will be offered to the waitlisted teams on a first-come, first-served basis.
When you submit your team registration form, it will be sent to AAJ with a timestamp indicating your submission completion date and time. This timestamp will be used to determine which schools will be awarded a second team. If you register two teams and only one team is able to participate, you will receive a refund for the second team after the completion of the competition.
Each school may use its own method to select its trial team. However, for a student to be eligible, he or she must be enrolled for a J.D. degree and be a student member of AAJ. Students who graduate in December 2013 are eligible to participate only if the competition counts toward their credits for graduation and they will not be admitted to practice prior to March 2014.
Sixteen (16) teams are assigned to each of fourteen (14) regions. Only the top team from each region will advance to the National Finals.
AAJ's mock trial cases are always civil cases and tend to deal with products liability, personal injury, or medical malpractice/negligence issues. Teams will be judged on their skills in case preparation, opening statements, use of facts, the examination of lay and expert witnesses, and closing arguments. There will be no written exercise.
The winning team will receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations, and registration for the 2014 AAJ Annual Convention in Baltimore, July 26 - July 30. In addition, each member of the winning team will receive a $2,000 Stanley Preiser Law Student Award for Trial Advocacy presented by the Melvin M. Belli Society.