Registration for the 2018 Pre-Law Mock Trial Competition is now full.
If you are still interested in competing and would like to be placed on the waitlist,
please contact Director of Law & Alumni Operations, Emily Baranoski at

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The P.A.D. Law School Mock Trial Competition is held annually in February/March in the Washington, D.C. area, and is a signature P.A.D. event. The 2019 Competition marks P.A.D.'s 12th year hosting this event.

The Competition provides the ability to compete on a national level, not just within your local community. 28 teams from P.A.D. law chapters across the country compete for first through fourth place, with additional honors for outstanding defense, prosecution, advocates, and witnesses awarded. The competition is judged by volunteer lawyers & judges (both P.A.D. alumni and non-members) and Mock Trial veterans who offer invaluable, real-world feedback. Teams are comprised of four students and all competitors must be P.A.D. members. This competition is for law school chapters only. 

The Competition offers an opportunity to practice your trial advocacy skills in a courtroom setting. Students develop skills including creative problem solving, effective collaboration, forming a persuasive argument, public speaking, critical thinking, and thinking on your feet.

Are you a pre-law member interested in participating in the PRE-LAW Mock Trial Competition? Click here for more information.


The 2019 Competition will be held at the Hilton Arlington, in Arlington, VA. The hotel is adjacent to the Ballston-MU stop on the D.C. metro line. We have secured a room rate of $129/night and teams must book their own rooms. Rooms must be reserved by January 22, 2019 to receive the discounted rate. 

Reserve Your RoomClick here to reserve online

Hotel Address:
950 North Stafford St
Arlington, VA 22203


This year’s Competition Case is written by Nicholas Lee (Sanford Chapter, Knoxville Alumni Chapter, International Executive Board Member at-Large). Nick will serve as the Case Coordinator for the competition.

The case is released after registration rounds are complete, generally in mid to late November, and there will be a question and answer period after that.



We are always seeking volunteer Mock Trial Judges for the Competition. To judge, you must be barred and in good standing with your state bar. You do not need to be a judge or a P.A.D. member to volunteer.

No previous mock trial judging experience is necessary, as we provide judge training and a manual at the event.

Various rounds are available all day Friday and Saturday during the Competition. For more information and to reserve your judge slot(s), contact Deputy Executive Director Marlena Weiss at, or by calling (410) 347-3118.