Loyola University Chicago

Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy

School of Law

Competitions

Fall 2017 Advocacy Competitions

2017 Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition- Central Regional

Chicago, IL

October 13-15, 2017

Facilitated by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, the Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition is an appellate advocacy competition designed as if the teams were arguing in front of the United States Supreme Court.  The Competition was founded in 1993 and was named in honor of the late Honorable Thomas Tang, a respected jurist of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Judge Tang’s decisions during his tenure reflected his strong commitment to civil rights for all people.

2017 National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition

University of California Hastings College of Law

October 19-22, 2017

Presented by the California Attorneys For Criminal Justice, this annual competition has quickly become known for its excellence and competitors hail from some of the best trial advocacy programs in the nation.  The fact pattern provides competitors with the opportunity to prepare and hone their trial skills using case materials modeled on a real-world criminal case file.

2017 White Collar Crime Mock Trial Invitational

Georgetown University Law Center

October 20-22, 2017

The White Collar Crime Invitational is a three-day trial advocacy competition hosted by the Georgetown University Law Center Barristers’ Council.  It features a federal criminal trial focused on white collar issues.  Eighteen of the nation’s top trial advocacy programs journey to Washington D.C. for the competition, which is judged by legal professionals from the greater D.C. Area.  The competition is held in the H. Carl Moultrie D.C. Superior Courthouse, located in the heart of Washington, D.C.

2017 Bernie L. Segal In Vino Veritas Mock Trial Competition

Golden Gate University School of Law

October 26-29, 2017

A national competition named in honor of the founding director of Golden Gate University School of Law’s Litigation Center, Professor Bernie L. Segal.  Professor Segal was a distinguished trial lawyer who was nationally renowned as a master teacher in trial advocacy programs for lawyers.  The competition is sponsored by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and hosts teams from established advocacy programs from around the country each fall.

2017 Appellate Lawyers Association National Moot Court Competition

Dirksen Federal Building

November 3-4, 2017

ALA members act as judges for one of the only Midwest competitions held at every level in working courtrooms.  The final round is scheduled to be held in the ceremonial court room of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Traditionally, the Appellate Lawyers Association formulate moot court problems that are "ripped from the headlines" each year.

2017 National Health Law Moot Court Competition

Southern Illinois University School of Law

November 3-4, 2017

For twenty-five years, the Center for Health Law and Policy at Southern Illinois University School of Law, the Department of Medical Humanities at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, the American College of Legal Medicine, and the American College of Legal Medicine Foundation have sponsored the National Health Law Moot Court Competition.

2017 Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition

The Chicago Bar Association

November 16-18, 2017

Participants will have the opportunity to hone their research, writing, and oral advocacy skills along with approximately 30 other teams.  A special effort is made to recruit sitting judges from the Chicago area to give contestants a real taste of courtroom practice.

2017 William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition

State Bar of Georgia Young Lawyers Division

November 17-19, 2017

The William W. Daniel National Invitational Mock Trial Competition is open to all ABA accredited law schools that have demonstrated excellence in mock trial competitions and/or achieved excellence in the training of litigation skills.  The Tournament is named in memory of Judge William W. Daniel of the Superior Court of Fulton County.  

2017-2018 American Bar Association Negotiation Competition- Regional

November 2017

The competition provides a means for law students to practice and improve their negotiating skills and simulates legal negotiations in which law students, acting as lawyers, negotiate a series of legal problems.  The simulations consist of a common set of facts known by all participants and confidential information known only to the participants representing a particular side.  All of the simulations deal with the same general topic, but the negotiation situation varies with each round and level of the competition.

2017 National Moot Court Competition- Regional

The National Moot Court Competition is an annual inter-law school event co-sponsored by New York City Bar Association's National Moot Court Competition Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Since 1950, they have promoted the appellate advocacy arts of intellectual rigor, legal research and persuasive argument.  This historic competition allows student advocates to hone their appellate advocacy skills before prominent members of the legal profession.  Every year, over 120 law schools compete in regional rounds throughout the United States, with winners advancing to final rounds at the New York City Bar.

Spring 2017 Advocacy Competitions

2017 National Trial Competition

Texas Young Lawyers Association, American College of Trial Lawyers

January 26-29, 2017- Regionals

The National Trial Competition was established in 1975 to encourage and strengthen students' advocacy skills through quality competition and valuable interaction with members of the bench and bar.  The program is designed to expose law students to the nature of trial practice and to serve as a supplement to their education.  The competition attracts teams from more than 140 law schools and involves more than 1,000 law students each year.

2017 National Moot Court Competition

New York City Bar Association, American College of Trial Lawyers

January 30-February 2, 2017- Nationals

The National Moot Court Competition is an annual inter-law school event co-sponsored by New York City Bar Association's National Moot Court Competition Committee and the American College of Trial Lawyers.  Since 1950, they have promoted the appellate advocacy arts of intellectual rigor, legal research and persuasive argument.  This historic competition allows student advocates to hone their appellate advocacy skills before prominent members of the legal profession.  Every year, over 120 law schools compete in regional rounds throughout the United States, with winners advancing to final rounds at the New York City Bar.

2017 National Tax Moot Court Competition

Florida Bar Tax Section

February 1-5, 2017

The Florida Bar Tax Section sponsors the National Tax Moot Court Competition on an annual basis and it is limited to sixteen (16) teams from law schools throughout the country to demonstrate their written brief and oral argument skills.  The problem consists of three or four issues, all tax related.  For preliminary rounds of the oral argument competition, judges are made up of attorneys who are members of The Florida Bar Tax Section.  The final and consolation rounds consist of judges from the United States Tax Court.

2017 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

International Law Students Association

February 9-12, 2017- Regionals

Jessup is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 550 law schools in more than 87 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

2017 American Bar Association Client Counseling Competition

American Bar Association

February 10-12, 2017- Regionals

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.

2017 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

International Trademark Association

February 11, 2017- Regionals

The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is an annual event honoring Saul Lefkowitz, whose entire distinguished career was dedicated to the development of trademark and unfair competition law.  The competition introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law.  Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.  Approximately 80 teams of law students participate in the competition each year. 

2017 Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

National Black Law Students Association

February 21-26, 2017- Regionals

This competition has been a vital part of the National Black Law Student Association’s programming since 1975.  Throughout the years, the competition has provided hundreds of teams from across the nation with invaluable resources and opportunities to: (1) develop their appellate advocacy through oral arguments and brief writing; (2) network with attorneys who come from a range of practices; and (3) connect with like-minded law students from all different walks of life.  Each team will compete within their region to gain access to the national competition.  Competitors will argue novel and convoluted issues in the legal profession.

2017 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition

National Black Law Students Association

February 21-26, 2017- Regionals

During the National Black Law Student Association’s 2002 Convention, the body voted to create a National Mock Trial Competition to develop future lawyers with strong courtroom skills to prepare for various components of a trial.  Each year, hundreds of competitors compete on the regional levels with the hopes of ultimately becoming one of the top three teams in the nation.  To date, this is one of the largest and most respected law school mock trial competitions in the country. 

2017 National Appellate Advocacy Competition

American Bar Association

February 23-25, 2017- Regionals

The American Bar Association Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience.  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.

2017 Evans A. Evans Constitutional Moot Court Competition

University of Wisconsin Law School

March 3-5, 2017

The Honorable Evan A. Evans was an 1899 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School who served as a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1916 to 1948, and in the role of senior judge from 1934 to 1948.  While on the bench, Judge Evans asked for and received a separation of the duties handled by the circuit and district court, so that the district court could handle all of the trial work, while the circuit court could handle the growing number of appeals.  Judge Evans’ request to physically separate the courts resulted in the construction of the United States Court of Appeals building at 1212 Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.  The University of Wisconsin Law School invites students to argue constitutional issues in hopes of living up to Judge Evans’ high standard of appellate advocacy. 

2017 National Student Trial Advocacy Competition

American Association for Justice

March 9-12, 2017- Regionals

American Association for Justice seeks to inspire excellence in trial advocacy through training and education for both law students and practicing attorneys.  The association accomplishes this goal in part by sponsoring the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition, an annual nationwide mock trial competition.  The competition is an exceptional opportunity for law students to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills before distinguished members of the bar and bench.  

2017 National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law

Capital University Law School

March 10-11, 2017

The competition attracts teams from law schools across the country and engages numerous attorneys, judges, and magistrates to serve as volunteer judges for briefs and oral arguments.  Law students experience a one-of-a kind opportunity to develop and refine their advocacy skills through briefing and presenting oral arguments related to arguing case scenarios involving timely, complex, and challenging issues in family law.

2017 National Criminal Justice Trial Competition

American Bar Association, John Marshall School of Law

March 16-18, 2017

The National Criminal Justice Trial Competition, held in Chicago, Illinois, is an invitational competition of 20 teams and co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association and The John Marshall Law School.

2017 National Ethics Mock Trial Competition

University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law

March 16-18, 2017

This competition was established in 2006 to promote ethical and civility awareness through the mock trial competition format.  It is the only law school-sponsored competition that features both an ethical component in the issues to be tried and scoring based on the participants' observation of ethical and civility principles.  The purpose of the annual competition is to provide an opportunity for student trial lawyers to develop and display their knowledge and skills of professional responsibility in trial work.  Trials are judged by distinguished members of the bench and bar, including judges of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and members of the Anthony M. Kennedy and Milton Schwartz Inns of Court.  

2017 Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition

New York Law School

March 18-20, 2017

Each spring, the New York Law School Moot Court Association administers the Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition.  For 40 years, as many as 50 schools from across the country have competed in this prestigious event.  The Wagner Competition is the nation’s largest student-run moot court competition and the premier national competition dedicated exclusively to labor and employment law.  The New York Law School Moot Court Association sponsors this competition in honor of the late United States Senator Robert F. Wagner, a distinguished alumnus of the New York Law School.

2017 Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, Newseum Institute

March 24-25, 2017

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the cornerstone of American democracy — is the focus of the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.  The competition attracts teams from leading law schools nationwide.  During the two-day competition, teams argue hypothetical case based on a current First Amendment controversy before panels of accomplished jurists, legal scholars and attorneys.

2017 Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition

March 30-April 1, 2017

The Annual Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition brings together over 30 teams of Latino law students from the nation’s top law schools to argue a case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.

2017 InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution Mediation Tournament

InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution

April 5-8, 2017

Every year the InterNational Academy of Dispute Resolution sponsors an international law school mediation tournament.  The tournament provides law students with the opportunity to learn about various forms and techniques used in mediation, as well as the opportunity to practice their mediation skills in friendly competition with other students from around the world.