Trial Advocacy

The nationally recognized advocacy program at Akron Law offers a wide range of opportunities to students wishing to develop their courtroom skills, including through external national advocacy competitions.

The mock trial teams have won three national titles in the last five years. In addition, for 18 of the last 20 years, Akron Law’s mock trial teams have been invited to participate in the prestigious National Institute for Trial Advocacy competition. Only the top 16 law school trial programs in the country are invited to participate in this tournament.

The moot court teams have achieved success as well. The New York Bar Association National Moot Court team finished second in the Regional Competition and won the Best Brief Award in 2004. Akron's American Bar Association and Jessup teams have also enjoyed success.

Akron Law participates in several specialized competitions every year, including the Giles Sutherland Rich and Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Moot Court Competitions, and participates in other competitions on an occasional basis, including the Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the Thurgood Marshall Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions.

Students who participate in the mock trial experience cultivate their trial skills, including opening and closing arguments and direct and cross-examinations. Similarly, the moot court experience allows students to engage in appellate practice that incorporates brief-writing and oral argument skills. The students are selected for these teams through a tryout process. Akron Law also offers an intramural mock trial competition for students who are not members of the competition teams.

Akron Law is proud of the accomplishments of all of its students and competition teams. For more information on the Advocacy program, contact Joann Sahl at jsahl1@uakron.edu.

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