UM Law has an outstanding 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.
Our Moot Court Board has earned national and world championships. 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.
The 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 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 Network to provide students with a broad base of opportunities to build their talents as future transactional attorneys.