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.”
Minnesota Law Wins the Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition for First Time in Law School History
Two teams of Minnesota Law students performed exceptionally well at the 2021-22 Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition. Both teams advanced to the quarterfinal rounds and one team won the national competition for the first time in University of Minnesota Law School history (view the video of the final round).
Two teams of Law School students had an impressive showing at the 2021-2022 National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition. Both teams advanced to the quarterfinals and one of the Law School’s teams advanced to the final argument.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Minnesota Law Team Wins Best Brief, Other Team Advances in the William E. McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
Two teams of Law School students performed exceptionally well at the 2022-23 William E. McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition for the second consecutive year. One team advanced to the quarterfinals, one team won best brief, and an individual student won best oralist in the through the quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.
A team of Minnesota Law students performed well at the 2021-22 Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. The national competition was held in New York City from February 26-28, 2022.
Minnesota Law students fared well in the National Online Moot Court Competition, which was held online the week of Jan. 16, 2022.
The Law School’s team of three standout students completed eight arguments over three days to advance to the quarterfinal round. The team overcame a number of unanticipated logistical challenges, including having to submit their competition brief during fall final exams.