The P.A.D. Law School Mock Trial Competition is held annually in the Washington, D.C. area. The 2020 Competition marks P.A.D.'s 13th year hosting this event.
The Competition provides the opportunity for 28 teams comprised of 4 P.A.D. law chapter members each to compete on a national level, not just within your local community. Students 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. This competition is for P.A.D. 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.
All that is required to register a team is your chapter name and payment of the registration fee. Only one person must register the team, and participant names are not required at registration. Because we only accept 28 teams, registration works in rounds. Each chapter can register one team per registration round. Registration fees must be paid in full when the teams register UNLESS you provide proof that your school will be providing funding at a later date.
The first registration round opens at 9 am on Monday, October 14th and stays open for one week. Round two of registration opens Monday, October 28th and will be open for one week. Round three will open Monday, November 11th and stay open until all 28 slots are filled.
If you have difficulty registering online, call the Executive Office at 410-347-3118 to register and pay over the phone.
Includes registration for four competitors, competition materials, breakfast and lunch during the competition, and receptions.
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.
**Food service will be provided during Friday and Saturday rounds to paid attendees.
Third Round – A
11:15 AM-12:30 PM
Third Round – B
Top teams compete for 1st-4th place.
The alumni portion of this event starts at 8:00 PM. Light fare will be provided. Competitors, guests, and judges are welcome at any time!
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 Director of Events Emily Baranoski at email@example.com, or by calling (410) 347-3118.
950 North Stafford St
Arlington, VA 22203
The 2020 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 $124/night and teams must book their own rooms. Rooms must be reserved by January 27, 2020 to receive the discounted rate.