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Trial Competition Performance Rankings

The Trial Competition Performance Ranking (TCPR) is an objective snapshot of achievement in interscholastic law school trial competitions.

Performance Rankings Top 20

Fordham University School of Law
Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center
2021 - 2022 Academic Year Fall 2016 - Spring 2022
1 UCLA 53 points 1 UCLA 131 points
2 Fordham 16 points 2 Fordham 65 points
3 Denver 15 points Stetson
4 American 14 points 4 Cumberland, Samford 57 points
5 UC Berkeley 12 points 5 American 51 points
6 Cumberland, Samford 11 points 6 Drexel-Kline 50 points
Pace 7 Baylor 49 points
South Carolina 8 South Carolina 48 points
South Texas 9 Denver 46 points
Temple 10 Campbell 45 points
11 Houston 10 points Chicago-Kent
Quinnipiac Temple
13 Case Western 8 points UC Berkeley
14 Baylor 7 points 14 Georgetown 43 points
Campbell 15 Loyola (Chicago) 40 points
Chicago-Kent 16 Northwestern 39 points
St. Mary's 17 Harvard 37 points
Stetson St. John's
19 Florida International 6 points 19 Wake Forest 35 points
Georgia 20 Loyola (Los Angeles) 33 points
Maryland  
NYU
Richmond

Special thanks to Associate Director of Advocacy Programs at the University of Georgia School of Law Joe Lester for compiling all competition results at www.trialteamcentral.org.

The TCPR recognizes success at these competitions as one indicator of an effective trial advocacy education. The TCPR is not a measurement of a law school’s overall trial advocacy program. The TCPR cannot measure the breadth of offerings, quality of teaching, or most importantly, student learning. The unwavering goal of trial advocacy education should be to prepare law students to advocate and win trials on behalf of their clients while maintaining the highest professional and ethical standards. Achievement at competitions can be an attending (albeit fun) byproduct of that quality education for those schools that choose to participate.

Methodology

All TCPR points are allocated based on the competition result data compiled by Professor Joe Lester http://www.trialteamcentral.org/.

Point allocation for all single-tournament national competitions is as follows: 3 points for winning the competition, 2 points for making it to the final round, and 1 point for making it to the semi-final round. For exclusively regional tournaments (AAJ Regionals, TYLA Regionals, Chester Bedall), each winning team is allocated 3 points. No points are allocated for regional finalists or semi-finalists.  For the All-Star Bracket, each of the 4 advancing teams from each region are allocated 1 point. 

For AAJ Nationals, TYLA Nationals, and All-Star Bracket Nationals, where all participating teams won regional qualifiers, the points are allocated as follows: 4 points for winning the competition, 3 points for making it to the final round, and 2 points for making it to the semi-final round. Additional weight is not given to other “selective” national competitions because each competition employs their own unique rubric for school selection and does not share the unquestionable objectivity of a regional tournament qualifier.

For the 2016-2017 year, no points were allocated for the ABA Employment Regional or National Competitions because of the limited and inconsistent result data available.