Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC)

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Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) 

AAJ seeks to inspire excellence in trial advocacy through training and education for both law students and practicing attorneys. The association accomplishes this goal in part by sponsoring the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, an annual nationwide mock trial competition. The competition is an exceptional opportunity for law students to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills before distinguished members of the bar and bench.

STAC National Final Competition

2013 STAC National Champions
University of Notre Dame

STAC Information

Profiles of past STAC winners

View results of past STAC competitions »


Congratulations to the University of Akron!
 2014 National Finals STAC Winners

Joseph Darwal, C. Adam Carro, Elizabeth Emanuel, and Justin Workman

Rules of the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition 

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.


For more information contact:

Emmah Schramke                                                   
Manager, Conventions and STAC                          
800.424.2725 or 202.965.3500, ext. 2864        
Nyle Grimes
CLE and STAC Coordinator
800.424.2725 or 202.965.3500, ext. 2877           



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