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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 25

Fordham University School of Law
Brendan Moore Trial Advocacy Center
2019 - 2020 Academic Year Fall 2016 - Present
1 UCLA 16 points 1 Stetson 49 points
2 Northwestern 12 points 2 UCLA 38 points
3 Cumberland, Samford 11 points 3 Cumberland, Samford 36 points
4 Fordham 10 points Drexel-Kline 36 points
Loyola (Chicago) 10 points Fordham 36 points
South Carolina 10 points 6 Loyola (Chicago) 35 points
7 Campbell 9 points 7 Campbell 34 points
Pacific McGeorge 9 points Northwestern 34 points
Syracuse 9 points South Carolina 34 points
10 Denver 8 points 10 St. John's 33 points
Emory 8 points 11 American 30 points
12 Drexel-Kline 7 points 12 Wake Forest 29 points
St. John's 7 points 13 Baylor 28 points
UC Berkeley 7 points 14 Loyola (Los Angeles) 27 points
15 American 6 points 15 UC Berkeley 26 points
Florida State 6 points 16 Chicago-Kent 25 points
Loyola (Los Angeles) 6 points Syracuse 25 points
Stetson 6 points UC Hastings 25 points
Tulane 6 points 19 Emory 24 points
Washing - St. Louis 6 points Georgetown 24 points
21 Barry 5 points Maryland 24 points
Michigan 5 points 22 Pacific McGeorge 23 points
South Texas 5 points 23 Akron 22 points
Southern Methodist 5 points Temple 22 points
Temple 5 points 25 Florida 20 points
  Harvard 20 points
William and Mary 20 points

Special thanks to Associate Director of Advocacy Programs and Competitions at American University Washington College 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 Faulkner Law School 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 AAJ Nationals and TYLA 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 do 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.