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

2021 - 2022 Academic YearFall 2016 - Spring 2022
1 UCLA 53 points 1 UCLA 131 points
2 Fordham 16 points 2 Fordham
65 points
3 Denver 15 points 4 Cumberland, Samford 57 points
4 American 14 points 5 American 51 points
5 UC Berkeley 12 points 6 Drexel-Kline 50 points
6 Cumberland, Samford
South Carolina
South Texas
11 points 7 Baylor 49 points
11 Houston
10 points 8 South Carolina 48 points
13 Case Western 8 points 9 Denver 46 points
14 Baylor
St. Mary's
7 points 10 Campbell
UC Berkeley
45 points
19 Florida International
6 points 14 Georgetown 43 points
      15 Loyola (Chicago) 40 points
      16 Northwestern 39 points
      17 Harvard
St. John's
37 points
      19 Wake Forest 35 points
      20 Loyola (Los Angeles) 33 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

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 by Faulkner Law School

    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.