16th Annual

Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition


Registration is now open for the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law’s 16th Annual Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition.  This year’s Competition will feature tournaments in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, DC.  While we make every effort to accommodate preferred regional locations, we cannot guarantee availability in any location and ask that teams rank their preferences on the application form.

The Section established the Labor and Employment Trial Advocacy Competition to introduce law students to the challenges and rewards of employment and labor litigation.

Law students who participate in the Competition have the opportunity to develop their trial advocacy technique in a mock courtroom experience.  The Competition offers participating students a forum in which they may develop the skills they will be using as practitioners, and a chance to meet and network with fellow law students and labor and employment law practitioners.

A $500.00 per team entry fee will be charged.  Payment must be submitted to secure a spot in the Competition.   Teams must provide for their own transportation and lodging.   Please note that complete team rosters must be submitted at the time of registration.

Teams must consist of four students from the same school.  Up to two teams from the same school will be permitted while space allows.  Each trial will last approximately three hours and will be followed by comments from the evaluators.   Membership in the ABA and the Section of Labor and Employment Law are required of all participants.  It is free to join both.  To do so, visit https://abaforlawstudents.com/.  

Each team desiring to participate must submit its completed entry form, payment and documentation no later than October 1, 2019.  Space in various regions is limited and early registration is recommended.

Participants will be able to access the case materials in September 2019.  Directions for obtaining the materials will be sent on or before September 3rd, and after that date, upon receipt of the completed entry form and payment. 

Please contact the Section office with any questions regarding the Competition.  All inquiries should be submitted in writing.