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. 


Announcements 

School Registration is Open!

Registration for the 2017 Student Trial Advocacy Competition is open until November 11, 2016. Please click HERE to find that registration page. 

Each school may enter up to two teams, each team consisting of four law students. 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.

2017 Competition Dates

Regionals:  March 9 - 12, 2017

*Regional Locations will be announced later this fall.

Finals:  March 30 - April 2, 2017 

*Finals Location will be announced later this fall.

2016 National Finals Champions

Congratulations to Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University, winners of the 2016 AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition in New Orleans, LA.

Team Members: Kelsey Ashworth, Rachel Holt, Katrina Mavroudis, and Jillian Shroeder

We also congratulate this year's runner-up team, Georgetown University!

2016 Regional Competition Winners

Thank you to all school teams who competed and made STAC 2016 a success. Congratulations to the regional winners who advanced to the National Finals in New Orleans, LA:

Boston, MA:  Suffolk University
Chicago, IL:  Northwestern University
Cleveland, OH:  University of Akron
Fort Lauderdale, FL:  Barry University
Houston, TX:  South Texas College of Law
Los Angeles, CA:  California Western
Louisville, KY:  University of Illinois
New York, NY:  Brooklyn Law School
Omaha, NE:  Drake University
Philadelphia, PA:  Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Drexel University
Raleigh, NC:  Wake Forest University
Seattle, WA:  University of California, Berkeley
Tuscaloosa, AL:  University of Alabama
Washington, DC:  Georgetown University


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*
•    Late November/Early December – Fact Pattern Posted 
•    Mid-December – Law Student Membership and Team Participant Registration Open
•    January – Requests for Fact Pattern Clarifications Due via Online Submission
•    January – Coach Registration Opens
•    January – Regional Locations Posted and Individual Team Placements Announced
•    Late January  – Participant Registration Ends
•    Early 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.

For more information contact:

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