About Moot Court & Advocacy Board
The Moot Court & Advocacy Board at Michigan State University College of Law enjoys a strong tradition of success and is earning a national reputation as one of the leading advocacy programs in the country. The Moot Court & Advocacy Board, which consists of a select group of second and third year students, competes against other law schools in appellate and trial competitions hosted by law schools throughout the United States.
Our students enjoy the unique opportunity to advocate in a court room, arguing before federal and state judges, practicing attorneys, and law professors. For example, in the spring of 2002, our Fordham Securities Law Team appeared in the finals before a bench that included the Honorable Richard Posner of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Michael Moore, Federal District Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and the Honorable Loretta Preska, Federal District Judge for the Southern District of New York. In the past, final round judges have also included Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court and public figures such as the Honorable Kenneth Starr.
In addition to sending appellate and trial advocacy teams to competitions across the nation, the Moot Court & Advocacy Board sponsors several intra-school advocacy competitions, in which many students participate and cash prizes are awarded. The Moot Court & Advocacy Board also hosts the National Trial Advocacy Competition each fall that draws a number of teams from law schools around the country.
The Moot Court & Advocacy Board seeks the best and the brightest students to continue MSU Law's winning tradition. The Moot Court & Advocacy Board is composed of students in their second and third year who have displayed the requisite skills to represent the school in highly competitive advocacy competitions. Students are chosen to join the Moot Court & Advocacy Board based on performance in the Moot Court Class and strengths that would complement and advance the abilities of our competition teams.