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:
Trial Team member Trina Sams practices her opening statement during a rehearsal before the squad won the 2010 National Trial Competition.
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
Educating Advocates: Teaching Advocacy Skills Conference
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.
Recent Competition Achievements
- 2010 champion, ABA National Trial Competition
- 2010 champion, best brief and best oralist, Robert Orseck Memorial Moot Court Competition
- 2010 champion, best brief and best preliminary round oralist, E. Earle Zehmer Workers Compensation Moot Court Competition
- 2009 champion and best oralist, AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition
- 2009 champion, John Marshall Law School International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy
- 2009 champion, best oralist and best respondent's brief, Veterans Law Appellate Advocacy Competition
- 2009 champion, National Civil Trial Competition
- 2009 champion, Navy JAG Corps National Moot Court Competition
- 2009 champion, Earl Zehmer Workers' Compensation Moot Court Competition
- 2009 regional dual-champions, ABA Law Student Division Arbitration Competition
- 24 brief awards and 54 oralist/advocate awards in the past five years
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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