Advocacy at a Glance
Stetson Law long ago set the standard for excellence in advocacy education through its success in interscholastic competitions. In 2012, U.S. News & World Report again ranked Stetson Law first in the nation among law schools for its outstanding trial advocacy program. Stetson has consistently ranked at the top for its trial advocacy program since the rankings began in 1995. Stetson Law's numerous strengths include:
Alternative Dispute Resolution Board
This award-winning organization consists of three categories of student competition teams: client counseling, negotiation, and mediation/arbitration.
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Competitions at Stetson
Clinics and Internships
Stetson Law places over 300 students at more than 100 hosting organizations each year. Hosting organizations include state and federal courts, government agencies, corporations, law firms, and legal aid organizations. Stetson's clinic and internship programs are designed to enhance classroom-based learning and give students opportunities to gain valuable, real-world experience while remaining under the oversight of Stetson faculty.
Service to the Profession
The Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills conference brings together advocacy professors from across the nation to share the Stetson method of teaching.
Advocacy Resource Center
The Advocacy Resource Center brings the Stetson advocacy experience directly to the computers of advocates worldwide. A variety of Advocacy Training Modules addressing an array of pretrial, trial and appellate topics are available through video streaming. Public service attorneys (including government attorneys, district attorneys, public defenders, military attorneys, legal aid personnel and attorneys that work on behalf of the public good) may register now free of charge. Law professors attending Stetson advocacy programs receive free access for themselves and their students for the following year.
Excellence in Competition
No law school can match Stetson's record over the past 33 years of interscholastic competition:
- 16 #1 rankings for trial advocacy by U.S. News since 1995
- 64 national advocacy championships
- 4 world titles
- 60 regional championships
- 42 state titles
- 43 best brief awards
- 100 best oralist or advocate awards
Statistics are listed as of Feb. 20, 2014, and only include top awards for each competition.
VIDEO: Trial Team Practice
Trial Team member Trina Sams practices her opening statement during a rehearsal before the squad won the 2010 National Trial Competition.
Our Center provides learning opportunities across a broad continuum, and if you are serious about finding your own unique voice as an advocate for others, then let me bid you welcome to a place where you will immediately feel at home. Professors, attorneys and students all find opportunities for developing their advocacy skills here, and I am sure that you will too.
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