The New York University School of Law Trial Advocacy Society (TAS) is a student organization dedicated to the development and practice of trial advocacy skills. We hold numerous events each year designed to introduce students to the practice of trial law. We are also the Mock Trial Team for NYU Law.
During the fall semester each year, the TAS conducts a Closing Argument Competition. Students are presented with a fictional fact-pattern, from which they prepare a five-minute closing argument. Students present their arguments and are critiqued afterwards. The competition, along with a subsequent second round, also functions as the tryout for the mock trial competition team.
The TAS sends teams of two to four students to numerous regional and national mock-trial competitions every year. Recently the team has advanced to the National Championship Tournament for the Texas Young Lawyer's Association (TYLA). Additionally we are perennial champions or finalists in other competitions, including the Georgetown University White Collar Crime Invitational, the Capital City Challenge Mock Trial Competition, and the Student Trial Advocacy Competition sponsored by the American Association for Justice. At each competition, the teams argue complete trials, all based on a given fact-pattern, against the other law schools.