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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
2020 - 2021 Academic Year Fall 2016 - Present
1 UCLA 40 points 1 UCLA 78 points
2 Georgetown 15 points 2 Stetson 58 points
3 Baylor 14 points 3 Fordham 49 points
4 Chicago - Kent 13 points 4 Cumberland, Samford 46 points
Fordham 13 points 5 Drexel-Kline 45 points
6 Denver 12 points 6 Baylor 42 points
Harvard 12 points 7 Georgetown 39 points
Temple 12 points 8 Campbell 38 points
9 Cumberland, Samford 10 points Chicago - Kent 38 points
10 Drexel-Kline 9 points 10 American 37 points
Stetson 9 points Loyola (Chicago) 37 points
12 American 7 points South Carolina 37 points
Pace 7 points 13 St. Johns 35 points
UC Berkeley 7 points Wake Forest 35 points
15 Florida Statte 6 points 15 Northwestern 34 points
Miami 6 points Temple 34 points
Pacific McGeorge 6 points 17 UC Berkeley 33 points
Syracuse 6 points 18 Harvard 32 points
Wake Forest 6 points 19 Denver 31 points
20 Belmont 5 points Syracuse 31 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 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.