AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition (AAJ STAC)


American Association for Justice (AAJ) seeks to inspire excellence in trial advocacy through training and education for both law students and practiciing attorneys.The association accomplishes this goal in part by sponsoring the National 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.

Sixteen (16) teams are assigned to each of fourteen (14) regions in the Regional Competition. 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 are judged on their skills in case preparation, opening statements,use of facts, the examination of lay and expert witnesses, and closing arguments. There are no written exercises.