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.
**Updated 2/14 with typos corrected**
Responses to clarification questions, and an updated fact pattern, are posted HERE.
Regional Placements for the 2019 Student Trial Advocacy Competition are available HERE. This year AAJ will be hosting STAC tournaments in Birmingham, AL; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Cleveland, OH; Denver, CO; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; New York, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Raleigh, NC; Santa Monica, CA; Seattle, WA; Washington, DC; and West Palm Beach, FL. The Law Schools Committee made every effort to minimize travel to allow schools to compete as close to home as possible; however, in some limited instances were unable to so.
Participant Registration Open
Please refer to the participant registration instructions for guidance on the registration process. All STAC team members must join AAJ as Law Student Members and register for Team 1 or Team 2 with their school in order to compete.
CLICK HERE to access the participant registration portal.
2019 Fact Pattern
The official rules and fact pattern for the 2019 Student Trial Advocacy Competition is now available HERE.
Requests for clarification of the rules or fact pattern were due January 11th, 2019.
AAJ is happy to announce that the 2019 Student Trial Advocacy Competition will have Regional Tournaments the weekend of Thursday, February 28th - Sunday, March 3rd. National Finals will take place Thursday, April 11th - Sunday, April 14th. Locations are yet to be confirmed, school placements will be sent to all teams this winter.
2019 STAC Time Line
(THESE DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
• September 10, 2018 – School Registration Opens*
• November 9, 2018 – School Registration Ends
• Mid-November 2018 – Schools Notified If One or Two Teams Will Be Competing*
• December 12, 2018 – Fact Pattern Posted
• December 2018 – Coach Registration Open
• January 11, 2019 – Requests for Fact Pattern Clarifications Due via Online Submission
• January 16, 2019 – Regional Locations Posted and Individual Team Placements Announced
• January 16, 2019– Participant Registration Open
• January 31, 2019 – Coach Registration Ends
• February 11, 2019 – Responses to Clarifications Posted
• February 11, 2019 – Participant Registration Ends
• February 28 - March 3, 2019 – Regional Competition Weekend
• April 11-14, 2019 – 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.
For more information contact: