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General Information

Registration for the 2015-16 National Appellate Advocacy Competition is now closed.

2015-16 Competition Topic: Criminal Law

Entry Fee:
First Team $700
Second Team $650

Regional Competition Information

Court Dates and Locations

Regional Assignments and Team numbers have been distributed to all teams. If you have not received yours, please contact competitions@americanbar.org.

Regional Schedules
Boston
Brooklyn
Las Vegas
Philadelphia
San Francisco
Washington, DC

Competition Rules and Guidelines

About the Competition

The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

2014-2015 Regional Winners and Rankings

Court Dates and Locations

2015-16 NAAC Dates and Locations

Online Registration Opens
June 1, 2015

Entry and Fee Payment Deadline
November 1, 2015

Competition Problem Released
November 3, 2015

Competitors’ Names & ABA Membership ID Numbers Due
December 1, 2015

Electronic Briefs Deadline
January 4, 2016, 12pm CST

Regional Competitions
February 18-20, 2016
February 25-27, 2016
March 3-5, 2016

National Finals (Chicago)
April 7-9, 2016