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Wagner Labor & Employment Law Moot Court

The Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Program is named after Robert F. Wagner, Sr., whose distinguished career as a social reformer included Senate sponsorship of the National Labor Relations Act. The University of Minnesota Law School sends a team of two third-year students each spring to the national competition held at New York Law School in New York City. This is one of the largest moot court competitions in the country, with sometimes more than 50 teams participating.

Third-year competition team members are selected on the basis of demonstrated excellence in labor and employment law, legal writing and oral advocacy. Competition team members collaboratively conduct research and write an appellate brief on behalf of one of the litigants in the assigned hypothetical case. Team members prepare for the competition by presenting their arguments in practice rounds at the University of Minnesota Law School in front of attorneys from the community and professors serving as moot court judges. Team members then participate in oral arguments in the national competition, arguing, in different rounds, on both sides of the case.