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.
STAC 2020 Cancelled!
In light of continuing developments with COVID-19, safety concerns, and your feedback, we are cancelling the STAC regional competitions and the STAC national competition. The safety of everyone involved is our highest priority.
We appreciate the immense amount of time and effort you and the team members have put into preparing for the competition. We are sincerely sorry that STAC could not occur this year and we look forward to having your schools compete in the future.
2020 STAC Time Line
(THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
• September 30– School Registration Opens*
• November 18 – School Registration Ends
• Late November – Schools Notified If One or Two Teams Will Be Competing*
• December 20 – Fact Pattern Posted
• December 20 – Coach Registration Open
• Early January – Requests for Fact Pattern Clarifications Due via Online Submission
• Mid-January – Regional Locations Posted and Individual Team Placements Announced
• Mid-January – Participant Registration Open
• Late January – Coach Registration Ends
• Early February – Responses to Clarifications Posted
• Mid-February – Participant Registration Ends
• March 12-15, 2020 – Regional Competition Weekend
• April 16-19, 2020 – National Finals Competition Weekend
*PLEASE NOTE that 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.
Rules of the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition
The competition is open to law schools nationwide. Each school may enter up to two teams, with each team consisting of four law students. PLEASE NOTE that 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.
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.
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