Massachusetts School of Law’s Advocacy Program provides students an opportunity to develop their advocacy skills and abilities as lawyers while competing against law students from some of the other top advocacy programs in the United States. MSL students compete in the National Criminal Defense Competition in California, The Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition, and The American Association for Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Teams of MSL students travel around the country to compete in both regional and national advocacy competitions.
MSL’s Advocacy Program is nationally recognized for its effectiveness at training new lawyers and in its success in winning various regional and national awards. In the last five years, MSL teams have been national finalists in various advocacy competitions and won numerous awards including New England Trial Advocacy Champions, Northeast Region Trial Advocacy Champions, Northeast Region Trial Advocacy 1st Runner Up, and Best Brief in the East. On multiple occasions, MSL student advocates have won the Best Oral Advocate Award of the competition they competed in, including Nicole Dion in 2007 and 2008, Allen Woodward in 2009, and Paul Stewart in 2010.
Massachusetts School of Law’s Trial Advocacy Team won the 2012 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition for the Northeast region of the National Black Law Students Association. The Northeast region is comprised of the 33 law schools in New England, New York, and northern New Jersey. MSL defeated St. John’s University Law School to capture the championship while another MSL team was beating Syracuse University to capture 3rd place. MSL now sends two teams to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. to compete against the top 15 teams in the country. MSL now advances to the National Finals for the third year in a row and has sent seven teams to the National Finals in the last 5 years.