Four in-house competitions give students the opportunity to compete in appellate and mock trials before judicial panels made up of faculty, practicing attorneys and judges. At post-competition receptions, students meet and network with panel members, many of them prominent alumni. The list of past judges is impressive. 

The competitions:

  • Honorable Walter H. McLaughlin Appellate Advocacy Competition
    This fall-term, invitation-only, competition is open to students selected as best oral advocate or distinguished oral advocate of their first year Legal Practice Skills section. Eligible students are notified in mid-summer and given materials one week before competing. Students compete individually, arguing both the appellant and appellee sides of the issue.
  • Third-Year Day/Fourth-Year Evening Mock Trial Competition
    Students in the third-year day division and fourth-year evening division are eligible. Two-person teams prepare opening and closing arguments and direct and cross-examinations of witnesses. Winners and runners-up are presented cash awards by the family and friends of Harold B. Goodwin Jr., JD ’80.
  • Second-Year Day/Third-Year Evening Mock Trial Competition
    Students in the second-year day division and third-year evening division are eligible. Students compete individually, preparing opening and closing arguments and direct and cross-examinations of witnesses. Potential competitors are encouraged to observe at lest one round of the third-year day/fourth-year evening competition.
  • Tom C. Clark Appellate Advocacy Competition
    Named after former Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark, the competition is open to any student who has completed their first year of law school. Held in the spring term, requirements include preparing a written appellate brief, and oral arguments presented by two-student teams. Each student argues one of two issues before a three-judge panel. Students must be prepared to argue both sides of the issue.

Intent-to-compete forms may be obtained at the Moot Court Honor Board office, Sargent Hall, Suite 420.