From Study to Practice: Student Trial Lawyers Prepare for the Big League
Georgia State University prides itself in cultivating exceptional leaders who are equipped with the knowledge and skills to take on major roles within top tier organizations and companies world-wide. The College of Law’s Trial Advocacy Program is offered each spring and prepares students for the transition into prosecution and state leadership positions, supporting Goal 2 of the strategic plan. Students have the opportunity to become members of the Student Trial Lawyers Association (STLA) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) Student Division, participating in competitions across the nation.
The impressive performance of GSU’s trial teams has repeatedly placed the university among the nation’s top 16 trial advocacy programs. Just this past fall, one of the teams won the 13th annual National Trial Advocacy Competition with a team member stating that “[the win] is a demonstration of the effectiveness of GSU Law’s approach to litigation and trial advocacy.” “The depth of knowledge” the student added, “embodied in our evidence faculty, our use of local practitioners as litigation professors, and the invaluable simulation experience gained in the Student Trial Lawyers Association is a clear indicator that GSU’s approach to trial advocacy just works.”
After a successful fall semester, the team kept the momentum going, winning the regional competition in March and placing sixth overall in the national American Association of Justice Mock Trial Competition in April.