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 National 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.
Regional Competition Winners!
Congratulations to all teams who competed in 14 regional tournaments around the country. The following teams took first place and will be advancing to the National Finals in Cleveland, OH:
- Boston, MA: Harvard University
- Chicago, IL: Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Denver, CO: The University of Missouri, Kansas City
- Houston, TX: Baylor University
- Louisville, KY: Belmont University
- Miami, FL: Stetson University College of Law
- New York City, NY: Fordham University
- Philadelphia, PA: Syracuse University
- Pittsburgh, PA: University of Akron
- Raleigh, NC: Wake Forest University
- Santa Monica, CA: Loyola Marymount University
- Seattle, WA: University of California, Davis
- Tuscaloosa, AL: Tulane University
- Washington, DC: The University of Maryland
2017 Competition Dates
Regionals: March 9 - 12, 2017
Finals: March 30 - April 2, 2017
AAJ 2017 STAC Time Line
(THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
• Mid-September – Competition Dates Posted and School Registration Opens*
• Mid-November – 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 – Regional 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 $2,000 Stanley Preiser Law Student Award for Trial Advocacy presented by the Melvin M. Belli Society.
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