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Practical Skills Competitions


The American Bar Association has named Texas Tech University School of Law as its ABA Competitions Champion for 2018-2019.

Negotiation Competition

The title is awarded to the law school that garnered the most points through team achievements and participation in the ABA Law Student Division’s four practical skills competitions: The Arbitration Competition, Negotiation Competition, Client Counseling Competition, and National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC Moot Court).

Top Ten ABA Competition Law Schools by Points

1. Texas Tech University School of Law
2. SMU – Southern Methodist University – Dedman School of Law
3. Liberty University School of Law
4. Campbell University – Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law
5 (tie). Chapman University School of Law
5 (tie). St. Mary’s University School of Law
5 (tie). University of Houston Law Center
8 (tie). Georgetown University Law Center
8 (tie). University of Akron School of Law
10. Texas A&M University School of Law

Ranking criteria and the point totals for the top teams can be found here.

The inaugural winner of the competition was Stetson Law.

Competition Registration and more information available on the pages below:

Hone the skills you'll use as a practitioner.

The Law Student Division sponsors four national practical skills competitions. Law students get a chance to hone the skills they will use as attorneys. Students will meet and network with fellow law students and legal practitioners from around the nation.


This competition promotes excellence in arbitration advocacy.


Client Counseling

A competition promoting preventive law and counseling functions.

Go to the Client Counseling Competition

National Appellate Advocacy

A traditional moot court competition focusing on written and oral advocacy skills.

Go to the National Appellate Advocacy Competition


The competition simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems.

Go to the Negotiation Competition

Competition Problems and Videos

Competition problems and recordings from the championship round of each National Competition.

Go to Competition Videos

Writing Competitions

Win money and get published. ABA law student members are eligible for writing competitions sponsored by ABA specialty entities.

View Writing and Other Competitions

More ABA Competitions

More opportunities to show your skills from other ABA sections, divisions, and forums.

Get your team together