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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
Trial Competition Performance Rankings Top 20
2017-2018 Academic Year Past 2 Years Total
1 UC Hastings 18 points 1 UC Hastings 23 points
2 Cumberland 15 points Wake Forest
3 Wake Forest 13 points 3 Drexel Kline 22 points
4 Drexel Kline 12 points St. Johns
5 Maryland 11 points Stetson
Northwestern 6 Chicago-Kent 20 points
7 Baylor 10 points Fordham
8 St. Johns 9 points 8 Maryland 18 points
NYU Northwestern
10 Stetson 8 points 10 Georgetown 17 points
Chicago-Kent 11 Cumberland 16 points
Hofstra Baylor
Georgia State 13 American 13 points
14 Fordham 7 points Florida
American Campbell
Loyola Chicago Loyola LA
St. Thomas 17 NYU 12 points
Michigan 18 Hofstra 11 points
19 Georgetown 6 points 19 Syracuse 10 points
Florida South Carolina
Georgia UC Davis
Akron Tulane
Denver UMKC
Texas Tech
Thomas Jefferson
Emory

Special thanks to Professor Joe Lester and Faulkner Law School for compiling all competition results at 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 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 school 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.