Skip to main content, skip to search, or skip to the top of the page.

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 fall of 2012, MSU's Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Law Team appeared in the final round before a bench that included the Honorable Paul D. Clement, 43rd Solicitor General of the United States, the Honorable Denny Chin of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Honorable Reggie Walton of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. 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.

Lady Justice

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 Appellate Moot Court Board based on performance in the Moot Court Class or Moot Court Seminar, with consideration to strengths that complement and advance the abilities of our competition teams.


Skip to main content, skip to search, or skip to the top of the page.