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Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC)

AAJ’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition is an annual nationwide law student mock trial competition.

2023 Competition Update

The 2023 Competition has concluded.

The 2023 competition was a hybrid model.

The Regional Tournaments were held virtually March 2-5, 2023.

The National Finals were held in person March 30-April 2, 2023, in New Orleans, LA.

2023 STAC Winners UCLA posing with trophy and AAJ President Tad Thomas and President-Elect Sean Domnick

2023 STAC Champions

University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations to the 2023 STAC Champions, Sydney Gaskins, Edouard Goguillon, Sophia Cherif, and Alex Greer. UCLA Law won the Southwest Regional and went on to defeat Cumberland School of Law Samford University in the National Finals, held in New Orleans March 30-April 2. Sydney Gaskins was awarded “Best Advocate” in the National Finals. Thank you to all the students, coaches, judges, and volunteers who made 2023 STAC a success.

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Past Winners

  • 2023 - University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2022 - University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2021 - University of California, Los Angeles
  • 2020 - cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2019 - Campbell University School of Law
  • 2018 - UC Hastings
  • 2017 - Wake Forest
  • 2016 - Drexel
  • 2015 - Stetson 
  • 2014 – University of Akron
  • 2013 – University of Notre Dame
  • 2012 – Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
  • 2011 – Duquesne University
  • 2010 – University of Wisconsin
  • 2009 – Stetson University
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