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Interscholastic Moot Court

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. Due to the University’s current prohibition on University-funded domestic travel and Covid-19, Texas Law will only participate in competitions held remotely during 2020-21. (All of the competitions listed below meet that requirement.)

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

Possible Interscholastic Competitions

ABA Client Counseling Competition

Host: American Bar Association
Focus:
2020-21 topic: Entertainment and Amateur Sports. 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.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline:
11/2/20
Problem distributed:
1/19/21
Competition Dates:
Regional rounds during weekends 1/29/21–2/6/21; national rounds 3/18/21–3/20/21

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 many of the lawyers who are 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; or a comparable minority law student organization at their school.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline:
10/15/20
Problem distributed:
TBA. Rules are under revision for this year’s competition (per 9/15/20 email from competition).
Competition Dates:
Semi-Finals and Finals 1/28/21–1/29/21

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Host: American Bar Association
Focus:
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.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline:
11/2/20
Problem distributed:
11/13/20
Competition Dates:
Regional rounds during weekends 2/18/21–3/6/21; national rounds 4/8/21 (will be in Chicago if in-person)

Asylum & Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition

Host: University of California – Davis School of Law
Focus:
The competition provides law students from across the country the opportunity to participate in a hypothetical appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Competitors will write a brief as either respondent or petitioner on an issue related to asylum and refugee law. Shortly after submitting their briefs, students will participate in oral arguments. Students’ briefs and oral arguments will be judged by prominent judges, attorneys and scholars who specialize in the areas of immigration law and/or appellate advocacy.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 9/1/20
Registration deadline:
11/9/20
Problem distributed:
11/13/20
Competition Dates:
3/6/21–3/7/21

Energy Law Negotiation Competition

Host: South Texas College of Law
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.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA (generally early November)
Registration deadline:
TBA
Problem distributed:
TBA
Competition Dates:
April 2021 (specific dates TBA)

Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition

Host: American Intellectual Property Law Association
Focus:
Intellectual Property Law

Important Dates

Registration opens: Open now
Registration deadline:
1/15/21
Problem distributed:
available now
Competition Dates:
3/19/21–3/21/21

Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition

Host: University of Texas Law School
Focus:
Admiralty Law

Important Dates

Registration opens: 9/11/20
Registration deadline:
12/11/20
Problem distributed:
12/8/20
Competition Dates:
3/24/21–3/27/21

L. Edward Bryant Jr., National Health Law Transactional Competition

Host: Loyola University School of Law
Focus:
The competition exposes law students to the core competencies of the corporate and regulatory practice of health care law. Students will apply transactional lawyering skills and regulatory analysis by providing legal advice on a potential business opportunity to a hypothetical health care client.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 9/28/20
Registration deadline:
12/20/20
Problem distributed:
1/4/21
Competition Dates:
3/26/21

Monroe E. Price Media Law Moot Court Competition (Americas Regional Rounds)

Host: Oxford University Faculty of Law and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University
Focus:
The competition challenges students to engage in comparative research of legal standards at the national, regional and international levels, and to develop their arguments (in written and oral forms) on cutting-edge questions in media and ICT law. The Competition is currently comprised of seven Regional Rounds (South Asia, Asia-Pacific, South East Europe, North East Europe, Middle East, Africa and Americas) and the selective International Rounds normally held in Oxford, gathering participants from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Lebanon, the Philippines, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago,  Ukraine, the UK and the USA.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 9/22/20
Registration deadline:
11/14/20
Problem distributed:
available at main competition page
Competition Dates:
2/18/21–2/21/21

Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

Host: Columbus School of Law
Focus:
The competition presents hypothetical appellate advocacy cases based on a variety of contemporary issues related to the First Amendment of the Constitution. In the past, the competition has contemplated situations such as political activity on social media, free speech on college campuses, and high school dress codes.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 9/21/20
Registration deadline:
10/26/20 for Intent-to-Compete application; teams are accepted on a first-come first-served bases, with remaining teams waitlisted.
Problem distributed:
11/16/20
Competition Dates:
3/19/21–3/20/21

Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition (Federal Bar Association)

Host: Federal Bar Association Young 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 actual state or federal court judges, practitioners, or scholars—many of whom have also had to pivot to virtual hearings, conferences and general practices in their careers, which will reinforce the “real world” experience for competitors.

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline:
TBA
Problem distributed:
TBA
Competition Dates:
March 2021 (specific dates TBA)

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

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA (generally early October)
Registration deadline:
TBA (generally mid-November)
Problem distributed:
TBA
Competition Dates:
National competition 3/3/21–3/7/21; regional dates and locations TBA (generally mid-late January)

UCLA Transactional Law Competition

Host: Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law & Policy
Focus:
The competition offers law students an opportunity to practice drafting and negotiating a simulated complex business transaction.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 9/15/20
Registration deadline:
11/16/20
Problem distributed:
12/18/20
Competition Dates:
2/26/21

Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition

Host: Hispanic National Bar Association
Focus:
The Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition brings together 32 teams of law students from the nation’s top law schools to argue a case currently before the United States Supreme Court.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 11/4/20
Registration deadline:
TBA (generally around Jan. 1)
Problem distributed:
TBA
Competition Dates:
3/9/21–3/12/21

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 received an invitation to participate on 9/25/20.

Important Dates

Registration opens: Invitational competition; request invite at website
Registration deadline: TBA
Problem distributed: TBA
Competition Dates: 2/12/21–2/14/21

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 Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot involves a dispute arising out of a contract of sale between two countries that are party to the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods. The arbitral rules to be applied rotate yearly among the arbitration rules of co-sponsors of the Moot.

Important Dates

Registration opens: 9/1/20
Registration deadline:
11/20/20
Problem distributed:
10/2/20
Competition Dates:
3/26/21–4/1/21

William & Mary Law School Transactional Law Tournament

Host: William & Mary Law School
Focus:
Transactional Law

Important Dates

Registration opens: TBA
Registration deadline:
TBA
Problem distributed:
TBA
Competition Dates:
2/27/21