Student Trial Advocacy Competition



AAJ seeks to inspire excellence in trial advocacy through training and education for both law students and practicing attorneys. The association accomplishes this goal in part by sponsoring the Student Trial Advocacy Competition, an annual nationwide mock trial competition. The competition is an exceptional opportunity for law students to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills before distinguished members of the bar and bench. 


Announcements 

School Registration Has Closed

Thank you to all who have registered teams for the 2018 Student Trial Advocacy Competition. STAC staff will be sending information by email about whether your school is confirmed for one or two teams soon. As a reminder of the rules for schools registering two teams, a second team will not be officially registered until one team from each law school has entered the mock trial competition.  Then the second teams 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.  

2018 Competition Dates Set

The dates for the 2018 Student Trial Advocacy Competition Regionals and Nationals are as follows:

  • Regional Tournament: March 1 - 4, 2018
  • National Finals: April 12 - 15, 2018

Please be advised that the competition locations have not been set and will not be finalized until this winter when placements are released.


2018 STAC Time Line

(THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)

•    September 11, 2017 – School Registration Opens*
•    November 10, 2017 – School Registration Ends
•    Late November – Schools Notified If One or Two Teams Will Be Competing*
•    Early December – Fact Pattern Posted 
•    January – Requests for Fact Pattern Clarifications Due via Online Submission
•    Mid-January – Coach Registration and Participant Registration Open
•    January – Regional Locations Posted and Individual Team Placements Announced
•    Mid-February  – Participant Registration Ends
•    Mid-February – Coach Registration Ends
•    February – Responses to Clarifications Posted​
•​    March 1-4, 2018 – Regional Competition Weekend​
•    April 12-15, 2018 – National Finals Competition Weekend

*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.


Rules of the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition 

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 a 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 wait listed 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. 

Sixteen (16) teams are assigned to each of the 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 AAJ Annual Convention. In addition, each member of the winning team will receive a Stanley Preiser Law Student Award for Trial Advocacy presented by the Melvin M. Belli Society.

For more information contact:

AAJ Education
STAC@justice.org                           
800-622-1791