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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. 


School Registration for STAC 2019 is open!

Schools can now register either one or two teams for the competition. Please CLICK HERE for instructions on registering your teams. School registration must be completed online, visit THIS PAGE for more information.

All registrations must be completed by Friday, November 9th, 2018. 

Competition Dates Announced!

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


•    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 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​
•​    February 28 - March 3, 2019 – Regional Competition Weekend​
•    April 11-14, 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, 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:

AAJ Education