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Practical Skills Competitions

Participate in one of our five competitions to show your skills and learn new ones.

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NAAC Moot Court Competition

The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a moot court competition that emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Moot court competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court.

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Arbitration Competition

The ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition promotes greater knowledge in arbitration by simulating a realistic arbitration hearing. Participants prepare and present an arbitration case, including opening statements, witness examinations, exhibit introductions, evidentiary presentations, and summations. Experience what it is to be a professional, competent, and ethical advocate.

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Negotiation Competition

The ABA Law Student Division Negotiation Competition provides a means for law students to practice and improve their negotiating skills. The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems.

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Client Counseling Competition

The Client Counseling competition addresses fundamental skills necessary for all successful attorneys, namely the ability to interview, counsel, and support a client through their legal issue. Competitors conduct an initial interview with a person playing the role of the client and then address both the client’s legal and non-legal needs.

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Mediation Competition

The competition introduces law student participants to the challenges of representing clients in mediation. The judging criteria reward those participants who use an effective combination of advocacy and problem-solving.

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Competitions Champion

The Competitions Championship is won by the school who earns the most points from competing in all five ABA Law Student Division competitions combined.

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General Competition Information
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Membership Requirements

All ABA Law Student Division competition participants, including alternates, are required to be ABA Law Student Division Premium members for the current school year to be eligible to compete.

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Am I Premium?

Here is how to verify that you are an ABA Premium Law Student Member.

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