2023 Student Trial Advocacy Competition
The Regional Tournaments were held virtually March 2-5, 2023, and the National Finals were held in person March 30-April 2, 2023.
Welcome to STAC 2023
Each year, AAJ hosts the Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC), showcasing top future trial lawyers. This tournament is one of the premier trial advocacy competitions in the country. Regional tournaments are held across the country, and the two winners of each region then compete in the National Finals. The winning team members are invited to join AAJ at its annual convention in July.
The 2023 regional tournaments were held virtually March 2-5. The National Finals were held in person March 30-April 2 in New Orleans, LA.
2023 National Champions: University of California, Los Angeles Team 2
Congratulations to team members Sydney Gaskins, Edouard Goguillon, Sophia Cherif, and Alex Greer on their exceptional trial advocacy skills!
2023 Finalist: Cumberland School of Law Samford University Team 1
2023 Semifinalists: Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology & New York University School of Law
2023 Quarterfinalists: Cumberland School of Law Samford University Team 2, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law, South Texas College of Law, & University of Michigan Law School
2023 STAC Regional Winners
- Mid-Atlantic Region: College of William and Mary School of Law & Howard University School of Law
- Midwest 1 Region: University of Akron School of Law & University of Michigan Law School
- Midwest 2 Region: Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology & Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
- Midwest 3 Region: South Texas College of Law Houston & Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
- Mountain Region: University of Colorado Law School Team 1 & 2
- Northeast 1 Region: Fordham University School of Law & University of Connecticut School of Law
- Northeast 2 Region: Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law & New York University School of Law
- Southeast 1 Region: Florida International University College of Law & University of Georgia School of Law
- Southeast 2 Region: Cumberland School of Law Samford University Team 1 & 2
- Southwest Region: University of California, Los Angeles School of Law Team 1 & 2
2023 STAC Timeline
- School registration opens: October 17, 2022
- School registration closes: November 14, 2022
- School cancellation deadline: December 1, 2022
- Coach registration opens: December 6, 2022
- Student registration opens: January 4, 2023
- Fact pattern released: January 2023
- Student registration closes: February 1, 2023
- Virtual Regional Tournaments: March 2-5, 2023
- In Person National Finals: March 30-April 2, 2023
Participating in STAC was one of the greatest experiences I had in Law School. Our team had an amazing time traveling to the AAJ National Convention in San Diego and representing Campbell Law while networking with attorneys from across the country. We are proud to be National Champions.
Competition Rules and Procedures
Who can compete?
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 law student member of AAJ. Students can join AAJ here.
What is the format of the competition?
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.
How are law schools selected to participate in STAC?
STAC is open to law schools nationwide. Each school may enter up to two teams, with each team consisting of four law students. Each law school that registers for the competition is guaranteed one team.
Requested second teams will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis until all the team spots 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.
Each school registration receives a timestamp which will be used to determine the schools that will be awarded a second team. If a school registers two teams and only one team is offered a place in the competition, the school will receive a refund for the second team after the completion of the competition.
How are regions assigned?
Teams are assigned to regionals by AAJ, no placement requests are accepted. Only the top two teams from each region will advance to the National Finals.
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