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

2022 - 2023 Academic YearFall 2016 - Spring 2023
1 UCLA 46 points 1 UCLA 177 points
2 Stetson 19 points 2 Stetson 84 points
3 Harvard 18 points 3 Fordham 74 points
4 Mercer 16 points 4 Cumberland, Samford 69 points
5 Cumberland, Samford
12 points 5 Drexel-Kline 61 points
7 Drexel-Kline
11 points 6 Baylor
56 points
9 Campbell 10 points 9 Campbell 55 points
10 Chicago-Kent
9 points 10 American
54 points
14 Denver
St. Mary's
8 points 13 South Carolina 53 points
17 Baylor
St. Thomas (Florida)
Washington - St. Louis
6 points 14 Georgetown 47 points
      15 UC Berkeley 46 points
      16 Loyoal (Chicago)
45 points
      18 St. John's 41 points
      19 Loyola (Los Angeles) 39 points
      20 NYU 37 points

Special thanks to Professor Joe Lester for compiling all competition results at

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.

  • All TCPR points are allocated based on the competition result data compiled at

    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.