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Interscholastic Moot Court – 2021-22

Law students are eligible to enter interscholastic competitions hosted by organizations around the country. There may be an opportunity that interests you in the list below. This is not an exhaustive list by any means; if you are interested in participating in a competition that isn’t here, please bring it to our attention. While it is not required, we strongly recommend that you and your team work with a faculty member or local practitioner as a coach and mentor.

The information regarding the mode of each competition (in-person or remote) is current as of 9/17/21. At this time, there are no restrictions on University-funded domestic travel. However, please stay aware that competition modes and travel policies could change in response to local or national public-health conditions.

For more information about the interscholastic moot court program, including assistance with registration, payment of fees, and travel arrangements, please contact Prof. Beth Youngdale (byoungdale@law.utexas.edu) or Judy White (jwhite@law.utexas.edu).

ABA Client Counseling Competition

Host: American Bar Association
Focus: The Client Counseling competition addresses fundamental skills necessary for all successful attorneys, namely the ability to interview, counsel, and support a client through their legal issue. Competitors conduct an initial interview with a person playing the role of the client and then address both the client’s legal and non-legal needs. Students are called on to explain various aspects of the attorney-client relationship, build rapport, determine client goals, and consider applicable law and options that may be available to the client. All regional and national rounds will be held remotely. Membership in the American Bar Association Law Student Division required. JD students only; LLM students are not eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline: 11/1/21
Problem distributed: 1/28/22
Competition dates: Regional rounds during weekends 2/4/22–2/19/22; national rounds 3/18/22–3/19/22. All rounds will be held remotely.

ABA First Amendment and Media Law Diversity Moot Court Competition

Host: American Bar Association
Focus: The competition is designed to introduce minority law students to the practice of media law and to lawyers active in the communications law bar. The competition offers cash awards for superior performance in appellate briefing and oral argument. Students must be members of a chapter of the National Black Law Students Association; the National Latino/a Law Student Association; the National Asian Pacific American Law Student Association; the National Native American Law Students Association; the National LGBT Bar’s Law Student Congress or a comparable minority law student organization at their school. JD students only; LLM students are not eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline: 10/1/21
Problem distributed: 10/18/21
Competition dates: Initial arguments 1/20-22–1/22/22; semifinal arguments 1/27/22; final argument TBA. All rounds will be held remotely.

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Host: American Bar Association
Focus: The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a moot court competition that emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Moot court competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court. JD students only; LLM students are not eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline: 11/1/21
Problem distributed: 11/15/21 (est.)
Competition dates: Regional rounds 2/17/22–2/26/22; national rounds 4/7/22–4/9/22. All rounds will be held remotely.

Cardozo BMI Entertainment and Media Law Moot Court competition

Host: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Focus: Problems emphasize copyright and entertainment law and policy, although the fact patterns often include other intellectual property law issues such as trademarks.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 10/25/21
Registration deadline: 11/25/21
Problem distributed: 1/24/22
Competition dates: TBA; likely mid-March. All rounds will be held remotely.

Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

Host: St. John’s University School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute
Focus: The competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice. JD students only; LLM students are not eligible. The application for this process is open. Please contact Judy White if you are interested in trying out.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline: TBA
Problem distributed: TBA
Competition dates: 2/26/22–2/28/22. All rounds will be held in person in New York, NY.

Duke Transactional Law competition

Host: Duke University School of Law
Focus: Students participate in a mock contract mark-up and negotiation in two-person teams, each representing their client in fictional deal. The event includes a half-day negotiation judged by a practicing attorney, followed by networking. JD and LLM students are eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline: TBA
Problem distributed: TBA
Competition dates: TBA

Energy Law Negotiation Competition

Host: South Texas College of Law Houston
Focus: The Energy Law Negotiation Competition provides students with an opportunity to develop their negotiation skills with real world fact patterns based on current issues in the field of energy law. JD students only; LLM students are not eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline:
TBA
Problem distributed:
TBA
Competition dates:
3/26/22–3/27/22. All rounds will be held in person in Houston, TX.

Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition

Host: American Intellectual Property Law Association
Focus:
Intellectual Property Law. JD and LLM students are eligible. The application for this process is open. Please visit Application Materials below if you are interested in trying out.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline: 12/10/21
Problem distributed: Available now
Competition dates: 3/11/22–3/13/22. Location TBA.

Application Materials

Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition

Host: Texas Law, in partnership with the University of Maine Law School
Focus: Admiralty Law. JD and LLM students are eligible. The application for this process is open. Please contact Judy White if you are interested in trying out.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline: 12/10/21
Problem distributed: 12/7/21
Competition dates: 3/30/22–4/2/22. All rounds will be held in person in Portland, ME.

Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (Federal Bar Association)

Host: Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division
Focus:
Teams will be given a problem they will use to prepare and submit written briefs and argue orally against other teams in front of a panel of judges. The competition’s judges will be state or federal court judges, practitioners, or scholars—many of whom had to pivot to virtual hearings, conferences, and general practices in their careers. This reinforces the “real world” experience for competitors. JD and LLM students are eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline:
TBA
Problem distributed:
TBA
Competition dates:
3/14/22–3/18/22. All rounds will be held remotely.

Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition (National Black Law Students Association)

Host: National Black Law Students Association
Focus: The regional competitions consist of a maximum of 18 teams made up of two advocates per team. Teams will write briefs arguing on behalf of the petitioner and respondent. Regional competitions will simulate an appellate oral argument proceeding. The top three placing teams from each of the six regional conventions will be invited to compete at the National Convention. Each team member must be a dues-paying NBLSA member in accordance with national and local membership requirements. JD and LLM students are eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline:
TBA (likely around 10/19/21)
Problem distributed:
TBA (likely around 10/19/21)
Competition dates:
Regional rounds 1/20/22–1/23/22 in person in Houston, TX. National rounds 3/19/22–3/24/22; location and mode TBA.

Tulane International Baseball Arbitration Competition

Host: Tulane University School of Law
Focus: The Tulane International Baseball Arbitration Competition, run by the Tulane Sports Law Society, is a simulated salary arbitration competition modeled closely on the procedures used by Major League Baseball (MLB). Like most law school moot court competitions, TIBAC’s main goal is to provide participants with the opportunity to sharpen their oral and written advocacy skills. However, the competition is unique in that it allows law students to sharpen these skills within the specialized context of MLB’s salary arbitration proceedings. JD and LLM students are eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 9/29/21
Registration deadine: 11/15/21
Problem distributed: TBA
Competition dates: 1/19/22–1/22/22. All rounds will either be virtual or held in New Orleans, LA. Format will be announced ca. 11/12/21.

Application Materials

UCLA Transactional law Competition

Host: University of California-Los Angeles School of Law
Focus:
The UCLA Transactional Law Competition offers law students an opportunity to practice drafting and negotiating a simulated complex business transaction. JD and LLM students are eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline:
11/19/21
Problem distributed:
12/10/21
Competition Dates:
2/25/21. All rounds will be held in person in Los Angeles, CA.

2022 Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition

Host: Hispanic National Bar Association
Focus: The competition brings together teams of law students from the nation’s top law schools to argue a case before the United States Supreme Court. JD students only; LLM students are not eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline: TBA
Problem distributed: TBA
Competition dates: 3/24/22–3/26/22. All rounds will be held in person in New Orleans, LA.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Host: Pace University/Association for the Organization and Promotion of the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Focus:
The purpose of the Vis Moot is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration and provide  practical training to students for resolving international business disputes. The business community’s marked preference for resolving international commercial disputes by arbitration is the reason this method of dispute resolution was selected as the clinical tool to train law students. JD students only; LLM students are not eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline:
registration deadline 11/25/21; payment deadline 1/14/22
Problem distributed:
10/8/21
Competition dates:
4/12/22–4/14/22. All rounds will be held remotely.

William B. Spong Moot Court Tournament

Host: William & Mary Law School
Focus: The William B. Spong Moot Court Tournament is an invitational tournament that gathers top-ranked schools and judges from across the nation to debate current constitutional law issues. Texas Law anticipates an invitation to participate. JD students only; LLM students are not eligible.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline:
TBA
Problem distributed:
TBA
Competition dates:
2/18/22–2/20/22. All rounds will be held in person in Williamsburg, VA.