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National Moot Court

Twenty to 24 students participate in the second-year National Moot Court, which focuses on constitutional and statutory law issues. Writing skills are developed in the fall semester, with oral advocacy in the spring. First drafts of the brief are due in November. After critique, participants rewrite their briefs, which are submitted in January. Orals training by directors and advisors occurs in February and March.

National Moot Court Competition

Each year, the Law School’s National Moot Court team competes with approximately 150 law schools in the National Moot Court Competition. The competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Young Lawyers Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, focuses on developing the art of appellate advocacy. The topics selected are statutory or constitutional issues of current national interest, such as the constitutionality of sex-offender notification laws and the viability of the Miranda opinion.

The competition team is a group of six third-year students selected from the program. Members research and write two briefs and prepare oral arguments. They compete at the regional competition and, if successful, go on to the nationals in New York City in January. The University of Minnesota’s team has advanced to the national level in 14 of the past 26 years, including 5 of the last 6.

"National Moot Court was one of the most valuable experiences of my law school career. Not only did I have the opportunity to take my legal writing and oral argument skills to a new level, I also developed relationships with my teammates that were truly a highlight of my 3L year."

Pamela Siege Chandler
Thomson West, Legal Education Group