The School of Law enjoys a national reputation for its advocacy programs: the Moot Court Board, the Trial Advocacy Board and the Negotiation Team. These entities are co-curricular, student-run organizations that field teams for intercollegiate competitions in, respectively, appellate advocacy, mock trial and negotiation. The members of these groups are chosen through internal competitions beginning in the student’s first year.
Moot Court Board
Our Moot Court Board has earned a top-30 national ranking every year since 2009 and as of the summer of 2012 sat perched at seventh in the country. Spearheading this success is the Board’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Team that won back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2012. Further, at the American Bar Association Convention in 2011, the Board’s legal ethics team received the Scribes award for the best brief in the nation.
The Board hones the oral and written advocacy skills of its members and sends teams to appellate advocacy competitions against other law schools all over the country. In addition to the National Moot Court Competition and the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the Board also sends teams to compete in moot courts focused on criminal procedure, free speech, family law, bankruptcy, ethics, entertainment, civil rights and other topics.
Trial Advocacy Board
Our new Trial Advocacy Board not only competes in mock trial competitions around the nation, but also provides trial litigation instruction and competition opportunities for all students at the School of Law. The Trial Advocacy Board fields teams in the National Trial Competition, the American Association for Justice Trial Competition and the ABA Labor and Employment Law Trial Competition.
The Negotiation Team focuses on one of the most fundamental of all lawyering skills as it both sends teams to national competitions and hosts an annual Negotiation Competition here at the School of Law. The Negotiation Team works in conjunction with the Business Law Society to provide students with a broad base of opportunities to build their talents as future transactional attorneys.
The School of Law promotes interscholastic competitions by allowing all student groups to seek funding for advocacy efforts. For example, these funds have allowed our Health Law Association students to compete in the National Health Law Transactional Competition. For more information, contact our director of advocacy programs and associate dean for academic affairs, Matthew Hall.