The New York University School of Law Trial Advocacy Society (NYUTAS) 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.
Each semester the NYUTAS conducts a Closing Argument Competition for first-year students. Students are presented with a fictional fact-pattern, from which they prepare a ten-minute closing argument. Students present their arguments and are critiqued afterwards.
The NYUTAS also sends two teams of four students to an annual national mock-trial competition sponsored by a professional association called the American Trial Lawyers' Association (ATLA). The teams argue three separate complete trials, all based on the same fact-pattern, against the other law schools over the course of a three-day weekend at a regional competition. The top three teams in the regional competition advance to the national finals.
The NYUTAS also holds various events designed to instruct students on trial law. These events include lectures from faculty and a collection of film and movie clips demonstrating what to do and not to do in the courtroom. The NYUTAS offers unique opportunities for students who have an interest in litigation or trial advocacy.