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Stetson Competitions Champion
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The American Bar Association has named Stetson University College of Law the inaugural ABA Competitions Champion.

Stetson University - ArbitrationThe 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).

ABA competitions teach law students real-world legal skills in a simulated practice environment. Judges for the competitions included volunteer attorneys and sitting members of the bench.  This year, over 1,300 students from 156 law schools participated in one or more of the competitions sponsored by the Law Student Division.

Top Ten ABA Competition Law Schools by Points

Stetson University - Negotiation1. Stetson University College of Law
2. Texas Tech University School of Law
3. Drake University Law School
4. Liberty University School of Law
5 (tie). University of Oklahoma College of Law
5 (tie). Michigan State University College of Law
7 (tie). Chapman University School of Law
7 (tie). University of Illinois College of Law
9. Southern Methodist University – Dedman School of Law
10 (tie). South Texas College of Law
10 (tie). Texas A&M University School of Law

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

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.

Arbitration

This competition promotes excellence in arbitration advocacy.

GO TO THE ARBITRATION COMPETITION

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

Negotiation

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

Go to the Negotiation Competition

Competition Videos

The ABA Law Student Division records 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