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Trial Advocacy Competitions

Intramural Trial Competition
During the Spring semester Pace Law School hosts the Pace Intramural Trial Competition. This intra-school competition culminates with a full trial presentation by the top four advocates. The preliminary rounds of the competition are judged by faculty, practitioners, and judges. The students are expected to present a pre-selected portion of a mock trial for review by the judges. Students scoring the highest points are invited to compete in the Final Rounds held in the early Fall.

The National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational:
Georgetown University Law Center sponsors the National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational. Pace has been one of 20 schools invited to participate during the past few years.

Inter-school Trial Competition
The Competition also provides the selection basis for participating on the Pace Inter-school Trial Competition Teams. Fifteen to twenty student advocates will be selected from the student body to compete in the Inter-school Competition. Selected students will work with Faculty Coaches to prepare for Regional and National Competitions. Pace sends students to ten nationally recognized competitions annually. In addition to these competitions, students compete in the following competitions related to client skills, such as mediation, arbitration, and client counseling:

  • ABA Law Student Division's Negotiation Competition:
    The ABA Law Student Division's Negotiation Competition offers you a forum to develop the very skills you will use as a practitioner, and a chance to meet and network with fellow law students - future colleagues - from around the nation. Moreover, participation in a national competition will give you an opportunity to gain important resume-building experience and recognition. ?Pace won the Regional competition in Fall 2003 and went on to the National Competition, where their first place win in Spring 2004 afforded them an invitation to compete in the International Competition in July 2004 held in Paris, France.
  • ABA Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition:
    The Client Counseling Competition was conceived and developed as a legal teaching technique by Professor Louis M. Brown of the University of Southern California Law Center. The purpose of the competition is to promote greater knowledge and interest among law students in the preventive law and counseling functions of law practice and to encourage students to develop interviewing, planning, and analytical skills in the lawyer-client relationship in the law office. Pace hosted the Regional competition in Spring 2004 where we placed in the finals.
  • The National Trial Competition:
    The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to strengthen students’ advocacy skills. It is sponsored by the Texas Young Lawyers Association and American College of Trial Lawyers. Civil and criminal trial problems are alternated each year.
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America:
    The Association of Trial Lawyers of America sponsors the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition in an effort to train and educate law students in trial advocacy.This National Competition features a civil mock trial.
  • The National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition:
    The National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section. The Northeast Regional has taken place at Quinnipiac University School of Law, where Pace placed in the semifinals in Fall 2003.
  • The National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational:
    Georgetown University Law Center sponsors the National White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational. They invite twenty schools to participate in the competition. Pace