Co-curricular competitions afford you opportunities to further sharpen your legal practice skills through participation in a variety of intramural, regional and national student competitions.
Each year, many of our students compete internally in the Prize Moot Court Competition and the 2L Mock Trial Competition. If you excel in these competitions as well as in the various aspects of the skills training curriculum, you have the opportunity to compete in several external competitions, involving trial advocacy, client counseling, mediation and negotiation.
2L Lenny B. Mandell Moot Court Competition
External Appellate Advocacy Competitions
Students who have excelled in the Prize Moot Court Competition compete in several external appellate advocacy competitions during their third year. In recent years, teams from the College of Law have participated in the following competitions.
1L Closing Argument Competition
The 1L Closing Argument Competition provides first-year students an opportunity to apply the facts of a case to jury instructions and deliver a closing argument to a jury. It is intended as the first step for students who want to learn trial skills. Many will further develop their skills in the 2L Mock Trial Competition and later compete in external trial competitions.
2L Mock Trial Competition
The 2L Mock Trial Competition gives you your first opportunity to present a case in a courtroom. The emphasis of the competition is on putting facts together to present a persuasive case to a jury. The competition brings together students from all three classes. First year students serve as witnesses and jurors. Second year students act as trial attorneys. Third year students with trial advocacy experience act as judges for preliminary rounds.
External Trial Advocacy CompetitionsDuring your third year, you can refine your trial skills by competing in co-curricular external trial advocacy competitions. You will immerse yourself in the development of a theory of a case and preparing the case for presentation at trial. The competitions are an excellent opportunity to combine knowledge learned in Evidence with skills gained in Trial Advocacy.
Representing clients in a mediation setting is an essential skill for lawyers. You have the opportunity to learn this skill in Mediation, Theory and Practice and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
The ABA Representation in Mediation Competition, in which law students role-play as advocates and clients in a mediation setting, gives you further opportunity to refine the skills of client representation in mediation. The contest measures how well you model appropriate preparation for and representation of a client in mediation and provides valuable experience in the mediation process.