Center For Excellence in Advocacy

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Stetson Law's Center for Excellence in Advocacy is committed to the concept of the complete advocate - one who commands a superior understanding of the law, the ability to persuasively present evidence, and the humanity to know when to do the right thing.


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Academic Programs

Stetson offers learning opportunities designed to enhance advocacy skills and best prepare students for careers in litigation.

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Competition Teams

Students on these teams have the opportunity to hone their advocacy skills in front of practicing lawyers and judges, and make some of their most enjoyable law school memories along the way.

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Annually Hosted Competitions

Each year Stetson invites law schools from around the country and across the world to Stetson's beautiful Gulfport campus to compete in national and international competitions.


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World Championships

88 National Championships

101 Regional Championships

54 State Championships

61 Brief Awards  

189 Best Oralist/Advocate Awards 

6 Professionalism Awards 

1 Most Creative Solution Award 

2 National Competition Awards




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Educating Advocacy Teachers (EATS) Conference

The Educating Advocacy Teachers (EATS) Conference has been hosted by Stetson Law for almost two decades and is well-known in the Advocacy community as being a truly dynamic and collaborative experience.

The conference is comprised of various panels, workshops, breakout sessions, and fun social events!

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Advocacy Writing Workshop Competition

The Advocacy Writing Workshop is open to anyone interested in polishing their writing skills and learning about the legal publication process and includes draft review for interested participants.

The Advocacy Writing Competition is for articles related to teaching advocacy skills or discussing contemporary issues related to oral and written advocacy.


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CHAMPIONS, Best Opening Statement, & Best Cross Examination - MLK National Civil Rights Trial Competition

CHAMPIONS, Best Cross Examination, & Best Advocate in the Finals - Syracuse National Trial Competition

CHAMPIONS - Houston Law Center National Mediator Competition

FINALISTS - Battle of the Experts Trial Competition; ABA Negotiation Competition

SEMIFINALISTS - ABA Arbitration Competition; Florida Justice Association's Honorable E. Earle Zehmer Memorial Mock Trial Competition; Appellate Lawyer’s Association’s 2022 National Moot Court Competition

QUARTERFINALISTS - Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition; Sixteenth Annual Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition; 23rd Annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

BEST ADVOCATE - National Civil Trial Competition


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Advocacy Resource Center

The Advocacy Resource Center offers resources for teaching and learning trial advocacy.

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Stetson Journal of Advocacy and the Law

The first online law review designed to be read online and explores contemporary issues of advocacy.

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Clincs and Externships

Stetson Law offers more than 300 clinic and externship opportunities annually.


New Advocacy Institute coming Fall 2023!

The Advocacy Institute will be a multifaceted space with state-of-the-art technology, showcasing Stetson Law’s tradition of training students to become comprehensive advocates. This is a space where students, faculty, staff, colleagues from other law schools, and community stakeholders will seamlessly collaborate using the latest technological tools

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