Trial Advocacy

Do you want to be a trial lawyer?
Participate in the tryouts
If you win you will get one on one training with some of Alabama’s best trial lawyers.

The schedule for the 2017 tryouts:
August 1, case file will be posted on the law school’s web page.

August 7, individual tryout times will be posted. Tryout times are assigned randomly.
August 12, 12:00- 6:00 individual tryouts.
August 13, 1:00 – 6:00 continuation of individual tryouts
August 14, 11:00 am tryout winners will be posted
August 15, 5:30 – 8:20pm first Competition Class

If you have any questions please call or email Professor Steve Emens 205-348-6231 or trial advocacy administrator Dana Waid 205-348-7865

To allow us to set up the tryout times we need to know if you will participate. To participate in the tryouts send an email to Dana Waid at dwaid@law.ua.edu

Alabama’s Trial Advocacy Teams

As a second year law student you are invited to tryout for the Alabama’s intercollegiate trial advocacy competition teams. Our focus is on jury trials not appellant arguments. Our teams conduct full trials against teams from other law schools. In recent years we have competed in courthouses in Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, and others. Alabama’s trial teams consistently earn recognition as some of the best in the nation. To be a part of this tradition and to be a advocate on one of Alabama’s trial teams you must participate in the trial team tryouts and be selected to the Competition Class. We anticipate competing in six or more trial competitions next year.

What will I learn on the trial team?

The trial team is a skills developing experience for students interested in being “courtroom lawyers.” Team members learn how to develop a winning case theory, make persuasive opening statements and closing arguments, examine different types of witnesses, and how to find the story in each case that is memorable and persuasive. The jury trial is the most powerful tool in the American judicial system. With a jury trial, life, liberty, and property can be taken away or preserved. If standing in front of a jury is in your future you need to join Alabama’s trial team.

How are the team members selected?

On Aug. 1 a case file will be posted on the law school’s web page. The case file will contain all the facts and law necessary for a closing argument. Knowledge of the rules of evidence is NOT required for the tryout. The case allows you to assume all material in the case file was admitted. Each student in the tryouts will present a closing argument to a jury of current and former trial team members and team coaches. Logic, common sense, and basic public speaking skills are the keys to the tryout. Twenty students will be selected from the tryouts to join the returning 3rd year team members in the fall 2017 Competition Class.

The Competition Class is a three credit hour class on Tuesday from 5:30 – 8:20 taught by trial team coaches Robert Prince and Steve Emens.  All National Trial Team members are selected from the Competition Class.

If you think you want to be a “courtroom lawyer” come join one of the best trial teams in the nation. Your first step is to participate in the team tryouts.