Student Life

Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association

Location: Roosevelt 011
Advisor: Prof. Barron
Advisor: Prof. Rosenblatt

The Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association (HTAA) is a student-run organization devoted to the development of students’ trial advocacy skills. Such skills include conducting direct and cross examinations of witnesses, as well as performing opening statements and closing arguments in front of a jury. HTAA members compete and represent Hofstra Law at mock trial competitions.

HTAA holds an intramural trial advocacy competition each semester, which is open to all members of the Hofstra Law community. These mock trial competitions are judged by HTAA executive board members and faculty advisors. Guest judges comprising sitting judges and practicing attorneys with trial experience judge the final rounds.

To become a member of HTAA, students must compete in an intramural competition and demonstrate impressive skills in the art of trial advocacy. The most impressive competitors are invited to join the organization each semester.

HTAA members may then try out for interscholastic competitions. Each team is coached by practicing attorneys, most of whom are Hofstra Law alumni. The competitors may earn course credit through participation on one of these interscholastic mock trial teams.