The AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition is open to law schools nationwide. 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. Teams are assigned to each of the fourteen (14) regions and the top team from each region will advance to the National Finals.
The Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition includes teams from more than 30 law schools across the country. Teams of four law students try both sides of a homicide case before experienced judges and trial attorneys.
Held in Los Angeles during the Fall semester, the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC) is an invitational tournament open to law schools that have demonstrated excellence in trial competitions or in training litigation skills. The competition involves a civil litigation and requires students to demonstrate many litigation skills: opening and closing arguments; direct- and cross-examinations of expert and lay witnesses; and evidentiary objections and arguments.
The National Trial Competition is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Teams of two or three law students compete in regional competitions held at host law schools on a rotating basis, and the two top teams from a region are invited to participate in the national competition.
The Phi Alpha Delta Law Mock Trial Competition requires a four student team to try a fictional case on behalf of both plaintiff and defendant through multiple rounds of competition. Students act as litigators and present opening arguments, direct examinations of witnesses, cross examinations of witnesses and closing arguments.
The National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA) sponsors the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, a national mock trial competition designed to enhance the skills of participants by developing strong courtroom skills as they prepare for various components of a trial. Those who participate gain heightened skills by implementing rules of evidence, criminal and civil procedure, teamwork, research, writing, analytical skills and advocacy. Six regional competitions are held during the NBLSA Regional Conventions across the country with the three top teams from each region advancing to the National Competition.
The Tournament of Champions is sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). It is one of the premier law school trial competitions in the nation and is known for having the highest quality of congeniality and good sportsmanship. Sixteen teams are invited to compete based on a three-year performance record at the National Trial Competition and the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and performances at prior Tournament of Champions competition.