Legal Writing Competitions
Students are encouraged to enter papers in any of the dozens of legal writing competitions sponsored annually by the American Bar Association (ABA), other professional associations, law schools and law firms. Academic Success maintains an updated list of current and annual contests.
Moot Court and Dispute Resolution Competitions
The college’s moot court competitions are run by the Moot Court Board. Negotiation and mediation competitions are run by Law Students for Appropriate Dispute Resolution (LSADR).
Appellate Advocacy Program (“McNichols”) (Law 955): A fall semester intramural moot court competition open to all 2Ls and 3Ls. Moot Court Board members write the problem, grade the briefs and organize the competition. Each participant must satisfactorily complete a major brief and make two preliminary arguments before faculty and student judges. The top 16 participants based on brief and oral argument scores advance to elimination rounds judged by attorneys and judges from around the region.
Appellate (Moot) Court (Law 956): Consists of participation in interscholastic moot court competitions. The college generally fields teams for the National Moot Court Competition, Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition, National Latina/o Law Students Moot Court Competition, and National Native American Law Student Association Moot Court. Competitions may vary depending upon resources and College priorities.
Negotiation & Mediation Competitions: Teams in the ABA’s interscholastic Negotiation and Representation in Mediation Competitions receive faculty guidance but no school credit. Teams are chosen through an intramural competition run by Law Students for Appropriate Dispute Resolution and judged by local lawyers and dispute resolution practitioners.