Spartan teams win.

Your Competitive Advantage. You might not end up practicing courtroom law. But thinking on your feet, being persuasive, and connecting with your audience are assets no matter where your career takes you. MSU Law students showcase their skills in competitions nationwide: trial; negotiation and arbitration; and appellate advocacy. Moot court participants prepare briefs and argue both sides of complicated legal issues before an appellate court – usually a simulated Supreme Court. They compete in front of federal and state judges, practicing attorneys, and law professors.

Participants will:

Gain courtroom experience
Structuring persuasive legal arguments 
Analyzing complex cases in a range of legal areas
Work one-on-one with faculty mentors
Network with prospective employers
Earn leadership skills and employment marketability

A Leading Program. In 2019-20, MSU Law had the top-ranked law school moot court program in the United States, according to 2019-20 data compiled by the University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute (UHLC).

MSU Law participated in thirteen competitions in the 2019-20 season. Students reached the quarterfinals or better at ten of the thirteen competitions; advanced to the final round five times; argued in front of judges from at least six different federal circuit courts; and won the “best brief” award at four different competitions.

Winning Teams, Winning Teamwork. A standout season is a community success. Competitors build on the foundation of writing skills provided by the Research, Writing & Advocacy (RWA) Department. Developing moot court talent also requires hundreds of hours of volunteer time from dozens of MSU Law faculty members and alumni and builds valuable mentoring relationships between current and future Spartan lawyers.