Advocacy Competitions at Mitchell Hamline
Students who participate in Mitchell Hamline’s moot courts and competitions find additional opportunities to practice the skills they’ve learned and gain an understanding of how attorneys function within a particular area of law. Mitchell Hamline participates in various competitions, each featuring a distinct skill important to practicing lawyers. Each competition has its own focus, format, and eligibility standards.
What’s new this year?
Fall 2021 Brief-Writing Workshop
Presented by the Competitions Department, this (optional & not-for-course-credit) workshop is brand new to Mitchell Hamline this year! It is geared towards students 1L & above that would like to work on appellate brief-writing skills before the release of their respective competition’s Problem. This workshop is a unique opportunity for students to:
- Prepare for competition-level advocacy by exploring real examples of competition problems and briefs;
- Practice legal research, citations, persuasive writing, and general organization; and
- Develop a writing sample and receive feedback in a low-stakes environment.
The Fall 2021 Workshop will take place during the month of October with initial sessions held via Zoom. These will be recorded and made available to students online, along with other supplementary materials.
Students interested in joining should fill out this Fall 2021 Brief-Writing Workshop Application ASAP!
How to join:
Tryouts are facilitated by each competition’s coach(es) and will tentatively be held in September & October 2021. Learn more about each competition and how to contact the coaches by visiting the website pages via the menu on the left.
For any other questions, comments, or concerns, please contact:
- Competitions Director, Morgan Holcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Competitions Coordinator, Lani Petrulo at email@example.com.
Request to Add Competition
After tryouts take place and students are selected to join their respective teams, each participant must submit this form to the Registrar.
We are currently in the process of determining the safest path for students, faculty, and staff going forward into the 2021 – 22 Competitions season as the world is still recovering from COVID-19.
Several competitions have decisions pending as to whether their events will be held virtually, over Zoom or a similar platform, or a hybrid virtual/in-person format. Please check each competition’s website for the most up-to-date information. Additionally, please note that as of right now the law school has not determined whether it will sponsor student travel in the Fall 2021 or Spring 2022 semester. As soon as that decision is made, we will update this site.
For more information, please see the official Mitchell Hamline COVID-19 page
Competitions and moot courts planned for 2021–22
- American Association for Justice (AAJ) Trial Advocacy Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- ABA Negotiation Competition [Regional Rounds: Nov. 5-6, 2022; National Rounds: Feb. 4-6, 2022/Virtual]
- ABA Representation in Mediation Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- Bryant National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- Health Law Regulatory and Compliance Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- National Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) Moot Court Competition [Feb. 26-27, 2022/In-Person]
- National Patent Drafting Competition (USPTO) [Dates & Format TBD]
- Pace Environmental Moot Court Competition [Feb. 23-26, 2022/Virtual]
- Phillip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition [National Rounds in Feb/Mar. 2022: Virtual & In-Person]
- Rosalie E. Wahl Intramural Moot Court Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- TYLA/ACTL Mock Trial Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- Uvaldo Herrera National (Hispanic Bar Association) Moot Court Competition [Dates & Format TBD]
- William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition [Mar. 2-5, 2022/Virtual]
Competitions and moot court courts previously offered
- ABA Student Tax Law Challenge
- ICC International Commercial Mediation Competition
- International Patent Drafting Competition
- National Health Law (SIU) Moot Court Competition
- National Transactional LawMeet
- New York City Bar’s Annual National Moot Court
- Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
- Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition
“Not only was the Jessup an incredible introduction to international law, the competition made me a much stronger and more confident oralist. Our coaches gave us timely and relevant feedback every practice. Even if I do not practice international law, my ability to create a well-reasoned argument and deliver it over Zoom will undoubtedly help in any legal career.
—Katherine Raths ’22, Jessup International Moot Court Competition
“NNALSA Moot Court provided me with not only the space and challenge to grow as an oral advocate but also partners that have become my closest confidants from law school.”
—Annika Sanora ’21, NNALSA Moot Court Competition
“One of the most enjoyable things you can do in law school. The professors drive you to be the best you can and as a competitive person, it gives you that immediate rush that you can’t really get anywhere else in school.”
—Cameron Giebink ’21, NNALSA Moot Court Competition
- Mitchell Hamline students win global negotiation competitionPosted July 6
- Students consider careers using mediation skills after international competitionPosted March 2
- Student wins national “Young Tax Professional of the Year” competitionPosted October 6
- Mitchell Hamline a world champion in International Negotiation CompetitionPosted July 7
- Mitchell Hamline hosts McGee Civil Rights Moot Court CompetitionPosted February 17