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Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC)

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

2023 Competition Update

School registration for the 2023 competition has closed. Student registration is now open until February 1.

The 2023 competition will be a hybrid model.

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

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

Four square headshots of the members of the winning student trial team arranged in a grid over a teal angled stripe.

2022 STAC Champions

University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA

Congratulations to the 2022 STAC Champions, Sarah Stebbins, Seth Wacks, Nicole Powell, and Eric “Rocky” Maas. UCLA Law won the Southwest Regional and went on to defeat Temple University in the National Finals, held virtually April 8-10. Sarah Stebbins was awarded “Best Advocate” in the National Finals. Thank you to all the students, coaches, judges, and volunteers who made 2022 STAC a success.

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Past Winners

  • 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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AAJ has four scholarships available for qualified law students: Richard D. Hailey Scholarship ($5,000), Trial Advocacy Scholarship ($3,000), Leesfield/AAJ Scholarship ($2,500), and Mike Eidson Scholarship ($5,000). Scholarship applications will open in February.

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