Updated Team Roster Procedure
This year we are requiring all participating team members to verify their law student membership and sign up for the 2014 STAC event online at www.justice.org/STACParticipantRegistration. If you are not an AAJ Law Student member you must sign up online at http://www.join-aaj.org/ before completing the online 2014 STAC event registration. Student team members must be AAJ members by January 31, 2014 in order to participate.
By registering for this event, it not only verifies all participating team members are AAJ Law Student members, but fills the four member roster by assigning each student to a team. This information will be used by the Regional Coordinator to verify that the students who registered are competing on the correct team. AAJ Law Student membership dues are $15. Please note that becoming an AAJ member and registering as a STAC participant are online only and mandatory for all participating team members. Click here for more detailed instructions to assist your law students with this process.Competition Dates
Regionals: March 20 – 23, 2014
*Regional locations will be announced later this fall.
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
- Mid-January: Regional locations posted and placements will be emailed
- End of January: Responses to clarifications posted
- January 31: Participating team members need to register as an AAJ Law Student member and sign-up for the 2014 STAC event online (see above)
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.