Litigation, oral advocacy, mock trial

Lawyering Advocacy

Georgia State Law’s Litigation Program

The litigation program is an area of excellence for Georgia State Law. Trial advocacy has several components. Our required Lawyering Advocacy course, which we offer each spring, teaches students the basic skills of trial work in small seminar groups. Instructors are local practitioners who assign intensive writing and simulation exercises throughout the semester. Our advanced seminar courses further enhance students’ trial skills in civil and criminal areas. Students with an interest in trial advocacy may continue their study through organizations and competitions.

Student Organizations

Members of the Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Student Division may participate in several mock trial competitions at locations throughout the country. The impressive performance of our trial teams has repeatedly placed Georgia State Law among the nation’s top 16 trial advocacy programs.

Successful Student Competitions

Georgia State Law students have been highly successful in national mock trial competitions. Since 1992, the Student Trial Lawyers Association has:

  • Won 11 national championships
  • Won 15 regional championships and
  • Placed in 7 national finals.

In a continuing effort to involve first-year students in the mock trial program, STLA awards a cash prize for the best mock trial closing argument based on the fact pattern of a first-year research, writing and advocacy (Lawyering Foundations) problem.