Texas A&M Law in ABA Competitions Championship Top 10

May 30, 2019

ABA CC top10 2019Texas A&M University School of Law has placed in the top 10 in the American Bar Association's 2018-19 “ABA Competitions Championship.”

This is the second year in a row Texas A&M has finished in the ABA top 10.

Per the ABA, "The award was created to recognize law schools that go above and beyond to help prepare their students for practice. Success in these competitions illustrate your school’s commitment to providing a well-rounded curriculum and preparing students to become highly skilled lawyers. We are proud that the ABA competitions are an important part of the hands-on learning experiences available to your students.”

Texas A&M Law School Dean Bobby Ahdieh lauded the success of the Advocacy Program, adding, "Let me particularly thank [Advocacy Program Director] Jen Ellis, as well as Kay Elliott, Susan Fortney, Michael Green, Jim Hambleton, Neal Newman, Lynne Rambo, Peter Reilly and Joe Spence for their support of the teams that got us this happy result."

Aggie Law's two regional championship teams finished the 2018-19 competition year as national semifinalists:

  • 2019 natl-semifinalistsMoot court team of third-year students John RobinsonHeather Nichols and second-year student Grant Schauer, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) team of third-year students Derek McKee and Kaitlyn Pound, ABA Representation in Mediation Competition

The championships rank law schools based on the points the school earns through their teams’ performance and participation in the ABA Law Student Division’s four practical skills competitions:  arbitration, negotiation, client counseling and national appellate advocacy competition (NAAC Moot Court).

Learn more about the Texas A&M School of Law Advocacy Program:

The Advocacy Program at Texas A&M School of Law is a key component of Texas A&M School of Law’s Experiential Education program, making Aggie law students practice-ready. Directed by Jennifer Ellis, the Advocacy Program consists of three disciplines: appellate advocacy (moot court), trial advocacy (mock trial) and dispute resolution (mediation, negotiation and client counseling).

Our Moot Court, Mock Trial and Aggie Dispute Resolution teams are nationally recognized. Since the law school’s inception, the program has received:

  • 3 international championships
  • 12 national championships
  • 25 regional championships
  • 1 state championship
  • 1​6 best advocate awards
  • 13 best brief awards