After a Banner Year, Minnesota Law Is Now Ranked #18 in the Country for Moot Court Competition

The exceptional performance of multiple Minnesota Law moot court competition teams led to an unprecedented year at the University of Minnesota Law School.

“The Law School’s strategic investment in moot courts, combined with the hard work and dedication of students and their coaches, paid off in so many ways,” says Randall Ryder '09, assistant professor of appellate advocacy and director of Law in Practice. “Our moot court students develop advanced advocacy skills that allow them to excel as new lawyers and throughout their legal careers.”

At the conclusion of this auspicious moot court competition year—which included winning for the first time ever the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition—the Law School learned that it was ranked 18th overall in a collective ranking system that measures the school's overall performance at competitions. This is the first time the Law School has cracked the top 20.

“The results from this year continue to demonstrate Minnesota Law’s tradition of excellence in national moot court competitions,” says Prof. Mitch Zamoff, assistant dean of experiential education and professor. “Their accomplishments exemplify our emphasis on students’ developing practical legal skills that will serve them well in practice.” 

Read the full story in a the online-only summer edition of Minnesota Law magazine.

Randall Ryder ’09
Assistant Professor of Appellate Advocacy
Director of Moot Court Program
Director of Law in Practice
Mitchell Zamoff
Mitchell E. Zamoff
Assistant Dean of Experiential Education
J. Stewart and Mario Thomas McClendon Professor in Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Clinical Professor of Law