The NCAA has its March Madness and its BCS National Championship. Now, for the first time, the American Bar Association has tallied the results from its four practical skills competitions for law students – and it’s time to announce the first-ever ABA Competitions Champion.
A total of 1,300 students at 156 law schools participated in this year’s ABA competitions, sponsored by the Law Student Division – Arbitration, Negotiation, Client Counseling, and the National Appellate Advocacy Competition (or as we call that one, NAAC). We looked at how the law schools fared in all four, crunched the numbers, and determined which school did the best overall.
And the winner and the inaugural ABA Competitions Champion is … Stetson University College of Law!
Stetson fielded nine teams across four competitions and advanced to the National finals in the Arbitration, Negotiation, and Client Counseling Competitions. Vanessa Denk and Jahanna Azarian finished as national semifinalists at the Client Counseling Nationals in March at North Carolina Central University. The Arbitration team of Olivia Mejido, Max Brown, Caroline Garrity and Meghan Sullivan placed first at the regional competition at Michigan State University College of Law.