Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program

Students at Moritz have the opportunity to start developing practical skills early in their careers. With moot court and lawyering skills programs in trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, and appellate argument, Moritz students can take advantage of many levels of opportunity across a broad range of legal areas.  We host multiple internal competitions and field traveling teams in some of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious competitions. Whether you are interested in trial work, appellate work, deal-making, or national security, there are many ways to be involved in the Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program.

The Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program is managed by the student-run Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Governing Board and their advisor. The Program features a nationally-ranked travel team program, which sends the school’s best advocates to competitions across the country, as well as intramural competitions for Moritz students. Our intramural competitions include:

  • James K.L. Lawrence Negotiations Competition
  • Appellate Advocacy Performance Arguments
  • Herman Moot Court Competition
  • Moritz Representation in Mediation Competition
  • Moritz 1L Moot Court Competition
  • Michael F. Colley Trial Competition

In the Travel Team Program, second- and third-year law students represent Moritz at moot court and lawyering skills competitions across the country. Recent travel team program successes include:

  • National Champions, Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition (2017)
  • National Champions, Ruby R. Vale Corporate Moot Court Competition (2016, 2014)
  • National Champions, Child Welfare and Adoption Law National Moot Court Competition (2016)
  • National Champions, Sutherland Cup Moot Court Invitational (2013)
  • ChampionsOhio Attorney General Mock Trial Competition (2017)
  • National Finalist, Andrews Kurth Moot Court Championship (2018)
  • National Finalist, National Moot Court Competition (2017)
  • National Finalist, Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition (2015)
  • Best Brief, Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition (2019)
  • Best Brief, Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition (2015)
  • Best AdvocateAndrews Kurth Moot Court Championship (2019)
  • Best Advocate, Walter Shapero Sixth Circuit Moot Court Competition (2019)
  • Best Advocate, Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition (2017)
  • Best Advocate, Child Welfare and Adoption Law National Moot Court Competition (2016)
  • Best Advocate, Ruby R. Vale Corporate Moot Court Competition (2016)
  • Best Advocate, Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition (2015)
  • Best Advocate, Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition (2015)
  • Best Advocate, National Trial Competition (2014)
  • Best Mediator, Great Lakes Mediation Tournament (2013)
  • National Semifinalists, Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Securities Law Moot Court Competition (2019)
  • National Semifinalists, Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Moot Court Competition (2018)
  • National Semifinalists, Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition (2018)
  • National Semifinalists, Andrews Kurth Moot Court Championship (2014)
  • National Semifinalists, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (2013, 2015)
  • National Semifinalists, ABA Representation in Mediation Competition (2014, 2018)

Contact Us

Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program
Moritz College of Law
The Ohio State University
55 W. 12th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210-1391
sullivan.1009@osu.edu