St. Mary’s University School of Law, in partnership with several law schools, will host a national virtual advocacy competition from Nov. 5 to Nov. 8 on Zoom.

The All Star National Challenge is the second of three virtual tournaments that will be hosted by St. Mary’s University School of Law and its partner schools (the first was held Oct. 15-18 and Oct. 23-25). The tournaments were inspired by the need to create more opportunities for law students to simulate lower-court trials and appellate proceedings in light of a lack of competitions due to COVID-19.

“A lot of schools loved the fact that we stepped up at a time when others were stepping down, not because they wanted to, but because they didn’t have the support or the resources to move forward,” said St. Mary’s University School of Law Hardy Director of Advocacy Professor A.J. Bellido de Luna in a press release. “The positivity behind this has been outrageous.”

The third tournament, the National All Star Moot Court Challenge, will begin oral arguments simulating appellate proceedings in January 2021. The tournament will be a joint effort between St. Mary’s University School of Law and South Texas College of Law Houston.

The three competitions will collectively host 140 schools and 150 teams from 34 states and two U.S. territories.

St. Mary’s University School of Law will assist the American Bar Association with its negotiations and arbitration tournaments in the future. The law school will also assist with the National Trial Competition, hosted by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association, in February.