National Pretrial Competition

The National Pretrial Competition captures what attorneys do every day in offices and courtrooms across the nation.

Stetson will host the Sixteenth Annual National Pretrial Competition on October 12-15, 2023, in Gulfport, Florida.  Competing teams will:

  1. Receive a problem drafted to focus on pretrial issues;
  2. Write two memoranda of law (one for each side of the case) that are scored;
  3. Make an evidentiary presentation through examination of four witnesses (two on each side of the case); and
  4. Make a legal argument to the court based on the evidence presented and the precedent cited in the memoranda of law.


The following schools will compete in the 2023 National Pretrial Competition:

Baylor University School of Law

Brooklyn Law School

Campbell University School of Law

Chapman University, Fowler School of Law

Georgetown University Law Center

Mississippi College School of Law

Pace University, Elizabeth Haub School of Law

Regent University School of Law

Texas Tech University School of Law

Tulane University School of Law

University at Buffalo School of Law

University of Houston Law Center

University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana College of Law

University of Illinois Chicago School of Law

University of Miami School of Law

William & Mary Law School


For more information, please contact the Center for Excellence in Advocacy at 727.562.7317 or [email protected]