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2Ls Simon Earle and Dominik Ruch Compete in Final Round of the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court Honors Tournament

Simon Earle, 2L, and Dominik Ruch, 2L, argued before Justice G. Barry Anderson '79, Justice Natalie Hudson '82, and Justice Gordon Moore of the Minnesota Supreme Court, in the final round of the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court Honors Tournament. Simon Earle, won a closely contested argument, with both students receiving tremendous praise for their skills. Earle called the tournament “an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Ruch had a similar reaction, calling it “[the] coolest thing I could have imagined for my time in law school.”

Photo of Law Students Who Competed in Maynard Pirsig Honors Oral Arguement

Law in Practice Program Recognized as a National Innovation Leader in Practical Skills Training  

MinnesotaLaw's Law in Practice Program, which provides 1Ls with the opportunity to develop real-world practice skills, was recently recognized by Bloomberg Law as a national leader in innovation in the field of experiential education.

2L Jack Tate, who is now an LiP student instructor, says participating in the program during his first year of law school was a huge confidence boost.

2Ls Suzanne Mead and Jack Tate in one of Minnesota Law's moot courtrooms

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.”

Moot Court Students

Minnesota Law Performs Well at National Health Law Transactional Competition

The inaugural Joseph P. and Carol Z. Sullivan Health Law Moot Court Team had a strong showing at the National Health Law Competition, held on March 25, 2022. The team placed 4th overall, a fantastic result for the first year of the team.

The team was composed of three students with significant interest and/or background in health law. 

Health Law moot court

Minnesota Law Performs Well at Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition

A team of Minnesota Law students performed well at the 2021-22 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition. The team competed in the Northeast Regional on March 11-13, 2022. The team of Minnesota Law students won best brief for the Northeast Region. The team also advanced to the regional quarterfinals for the first time since 2018. 

IP Moot Court

Two Minnesota Law Teams Compete in the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) in Boston, One Team Advances to Quarterfinals

The ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is one of the largest, and most challenging, moot court competitions in the country. Two teams from the Law School competed in the Boston Regional in February. Both teams performed admirably and one team progressed to the quarterfinal round at the regional competition. That is the first advancement for the Law School since 2018. 

Image of the ABA National Moot Court Competition Team

Minnesota Law Team Advances in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition. Due to their strong performance, the Law School’s team moved on to the advanced rounds for the first time since 2018. The team had a stellar 4th place ranking for their briefs. As a result of the opposing team’s chosen side, 3Ls Sarani Millican and Laura Burns argued at the advanced rounds. 

Photo of Law Students on the Jessup International Moot Court Team