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Phoenix, AZ | Feb. 3-7, 2023

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2023 Student Trial Advocacy Competition

The Regional Tournaments will be held virtually March 2-5, 2023, and the National Final will be held in person March 30-April 2, 2023.

STAC 2023 Timeline

  • School registration opens: October 17, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. ET
  • School registration closes: November 14, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. ET
  • School cancellation deadline: December 1, 2022
  • Coach registration opens: December 6, 2022

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.

Lydia Stoney National Champion Team Member of STAC 2019 Campbell University School of Law

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.

Law Student Membership

Law student are invited to join AAJ. In addition to being eligible to compete in STAC, law students receive online access to Trial Magazine and AAJ News Brief, are listed in AAJ member directory, and can apply for writing, speaking, and leadership opportunities.

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Judges Needed!

Support the Student Trial Advocacy Competition and volunteer to serve as a judge or juror. More than a thousand AAJ members and other lawyers volunteer each year. It is a fun and easy way to support future trial lawyers. Sign-up and be alerted with judge recruitment begins.

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