Advocacy at a Glance
Stetson Law long ago set the standard for excellence in advocacy education through its success in interscholastic competitions. This year, 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:
Competitions at Stetson
Clinics and Externships
Stetson's clinic and externship 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. Hosting organizations include state and federal courts, government agencies, corporations, law firms, and legal aid organizations.
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 during the past three decades of interscholastic competition:
• Ranked #1 for advocacy 22 times by U.S. News
• 5 world titles
• 76 national championships
• 92 regional championships
• 50 state championships
• 57 best briefs
• 172 best advocate/oralist awards
• 6 professionalism awards
• 1 national competition award
Statistics are listed as of March 17, 2020, 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.