Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition

Registration will open soon for the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law's 15th Annual Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition. This year's Competition will feature tournaments in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Washington, DC. Teams will be announced after the October 1st deadline.

The American Bar Association's Section of Labor and Employment Law established the 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.

In order to defray costs associated with conducting the trials at courthouses, a $400.00 per team entry fee will be charged. Payment may be submitted by check and accompany the registration form or via credit card by submitting payment via an online link that will be supplied once a completed registration form has been received.  Teams must provide for their own transportation and lodging.

Teams must consist of four students from the same school. We require that all participants be members of the American Bar Association and the Section of Labor and Employment Law.  There is no fee for law students to join either and they may do so by enrolling online. A complete team roster must be submitted at the time of registration.

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

Each team desiring to participate must submit its completed entry form, payment, and documentation no later than October 1, 2018.

Participants will be able to access the case materials in September 2018. Directions for obtaining the materials will be sent on or before September 1, and after that date, upon receipt of the completed entry form and payment.

Please contact the Section office with any questions regarding the Competition.

15th Annual Competition Schedule

October 27-28: 

  • Miami
  • Dallas

November 3-4:

  • Chicago
  • Washington, DC

November 17-18: 

  • New York
  • Los Angeles

Day of Competition

Participating teams should arrive at the designated courthouse at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning.  There will be a meeting for coaches on Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. Coaches for each team or a representative of the team should plan to attend.

The first trial will begin at 9:00 a.m.

The second will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Start times for the semi final and final rounds on Sunday will be the same as the start times on Saturday.  We should be done at the Courthouse on both days no later than 6:15 p.m.

CLE Information

NATIONAL FINAL IN NEW ORLEANS:
CLE accreditation is being sought for this program on a limited basis. Specifically, the ABA will be seeking accreditation for this program in CA, DE, IL, LA, NY and PA only.  States sometimes does not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 4.0 CLE credit hours in 60-minute states, and 4.8 CLE credit hours in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit the ABA CLE page.

CHICAGO PROGRAM:
CLE accreditation is being sought for this program on a limited basis. Specifically, the ABA will be seeking accreditation for this program in CA, DE, IL, NY and PA only.  States sometimes does not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 4.0 CLE credit hours in 60-minute states, and 4.8 CLE credit hours in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit the ABA CLE page.

WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM:
CLE accreditation is being sought for this program on a limited basis. Specifically, the ABA will be seeking accreditation for this program in CA, DE, IL, NY, VA and PA only.  States sometimes does not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 4.0 CLE credit hours in 60-minute states, and 4.8 CLE credit hours in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit the ABA CLE page.

There are a limited amount of scholarships being offered for this program.  For more information please contact Christopher Meacham at (312) 988-5821.

MIAMI PROGRAM:
CLE accreditation is being sought for this program on a limited basis. Specifically, the ABA will be seeking accreditation for this program in FL, GA, CA, DE, IL, NY and PA only.  States sometimes does not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 4.0 CLE credit hours in 60-minute states, and 4.8 CLE credit hours in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit the ABA CLE page.

There are a limited amount of scholarships being offered for this program.  For more information please contact Christopher Meacham at (312) 988-5821.

DALLAS PROGRAM:
CLE accreditation is being sought for this program on a limited basis. Specifically, the ABA will be seeking accreditation for this program in TX, CA, DE, IL, NY and PA only.  States sometimes does not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 4.0 CLE credit hours in 60-minute states, and 4.8 CLE credit hours in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit the ABA CLE page.

There are a limited amount of scholarships being offered for this program.  For more information please contact Christopher Meacham at (312) 988-5821.

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK/PHILADELPHIA/SAN FRANCISCO PROGRAMS:
CLE accreditation is being sought for this program on a limited basis. Specifically, the ABA will be seeking accreditation for this program in CA, DE, IL, NY and PA only.  States sometimes does not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for 4.0 CLE credit hours in 60-minute states, and 4.8 CLE credit hours in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit the ABA CLE page.

There are a limited amount of scholarships being offered for this program.  For more information please contact Christopher Meacham at (312) 988-5821.