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.
2020 Fact Pattern Released!
The official rules and fact pattern for the 2020 Student Trial Advocacy Competition is now available HERE.
Requests for clarification of the rules or fact pattern must be submitted by January 17th, 2019. Please complete THIS FORM to submit clarification questions.
No school, regardless of the number of teams it has in the competition, may submit more than five questions. Each subpart of a question is counted as a question.
2020 Coach Registration
A coach must accompany each team to the regional competitions. A coach may be a law student, but may not be a student who is competing in the competition. Coaches do not need to be members of AAJ, and should NOT register for the STAC event through www.justice.org. Please refer to your team's Regional Logistics Document (will be released in 2020) for information on your coaches' meeting and trial schedule.
All coaches, and other administrators traveling with the team who would like to be included on correspondence onsite during the regional competition, must fill out THIS FORM no later than FEBRUARY 7, 2020.
2020 Competition Dates
AAJ is happy to announce that the 2020 Student Trial Advocacy Competition will have Regional Tournaments the weekend of Thursday, March 12 – Sunday, March 15, 2020. National Finals will take place Thursday, April 16 – Sunday, April 19, 2020. Locations are yet to be confirmed, school placements will be sent to all teams this winter.
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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