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.
Regional Competition Winners!
Congratulations to all teams who competed in 14 regional tournaments around the country. The following teams took first place and advanced to the National Finals in Raleigh, NC:
- Atlanta, GA: University of Georgia
- Birmingham, AL: Mississippi College
- Boston, MA: Syracuse University
- Chicago, IL: Chicago-Kent College of Law
- Cleveland, OH: University of Akron
- Denver, CO: Mitchell Hamline School of Law
- Houston, TX: Baylor University
- Louisville, KY: Washington University in St. Louis
- Miami, FL: Stetson University College of Law
- New York City, NY: Hofstra University
- Philadelphia, PA: Drexel University
- Santa Monica, CA: University of California, Los Angeles
- Seattle, WA: University of California, Hastings
- Washington, DC: The University of Maryland
2019 STAC Time Line
(THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
• September, 2018 – School Registration Opens*
• November 2018 – School Registration Ends
• November 2018 – Schools Notified If One or Two Teams Will Be Competing*
• November 2018 – Fact Pattern Posted
• December 2018 – Coach Registration and Participant Registration Open
• January 2019 – Requests for Fact Pattern Clarifications Due via Online Submission
• January 2019 – Regional Locations Posted and Individual Team Placements Announced
• January 2019 – Participant Registration Ends
• January 2019 – Coach Registration Ends
• January 2019 – Responses to Clarifications Posted
• March 2019 – Regional Competition Weekend
• April 2019 – 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.
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