Center For Excellence in Advocacy

Advocacy center rankings

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

89 National Championships

101 Regional Championships

54 State Championships

61 Brief Awards  

190 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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2022-2023 SUCCESS!

CHAMPIONS - MLK National Civil Rights Trial Competition; Syracuse National Trial Competition; Houston Law Center National Mediator Competition; William C. Vis Pre-Moot International Arbitration Competition; Capitol City Challenge Mock Trial Competition; Magnolia Cup Negotiation Competition (Group One); South Texas Mock Trial Competition. 

FINALISTS - Battle of the Experts Mock Trial Competition; ABA Negotiation Competition; Hall of Fame Sports and Entertainment Law Negotiation Competition; Southwestern Negotiation Tournament; TYLA National Trial Competition (Regionals - Team Green); ABA Client Counseling; American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition (Regionals - Team Green); Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition; Amicus Cup Trial 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; TYLA National Trial Competition (Regionals - Team White); Magnolia Cup Negotiation Competition (Group Two); American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition (Regionals - Team White); National Ethics Trial Competition; William & Mary Negotiation Tournament.

QUARTERFINALISTS - Judge Paul Joseph Kelly, Jr. Invitational Trial Competition; 16th Annual Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition; 23rd Annual Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition; Chester-Bedell Mock Trial Competition; John L. Costello Mock Trial Competition; William C. Vis International Arbitration 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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