ABOUT THE BLAKELY-BUTLER-MOOT COURT COMPETITION
The Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition is open to all 2L and 3L students at the University of Houston Law Center. The competition is “closed-research,” meaning that a pool of eligible cases and materials will be provided by The Advocates, and competitors are not allowed to cite other materials in their arguments. Teams will prepare and present oral arguments for both sides of the case.
A Competition Team consists of two UHLC students, both serving as attorneys, and both attorneys must present in each round. Competition rounds are judged by members of the Houston legal community who often offer feedback to the teams after the round is over. Teams are scored on substantive content of their arguments, knowledge of the record, extemporaneous ability, and courtroom demeanor.
UHLC students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend the Final Round in the Vinson & Elkins courtroom (111 TUII). All other competition rounds are closed to the public.
COURSE CREDIT & PRIZES
UHLC students can earn 1 hour of non-substantive competition credit by (1) making a good-faith effort in the Competition and (2) completing and timely submitting the writing assignment for the Competition that is described in the Competition Rules.
Click here to complete a Competition Credit Petition.
The Competition Teams that advance to the Final Round will receive a cash prize. The Best Speaker in the Final Round will also be recognized.
BLAKELY-BUTLER LEARNING LUNCH & PROBLEM DISTRIBUTION
The Advocates will kick off the signup period for the Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition with a Learning Lunch on campus that will provide an orientation to moot court competition and tips for competitors.
The sign up period begins at the Learning Lunch, and interested students can also sign up at The Advocates table in The Commons. The competition problem will be distributed to Competition Teams upon signing up.
2014 Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition Learning Lunch: October 22
2014 Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition Signups: October 22 – 10/31
2014 Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition Dates:
Preliminary Rounds – November 7 – November 8
Quarter Final Rounds – November 10
Semifinal Rounds – November 12
Final Round – November 14
For-Credit Writing Assignment Due by 12:01 a.m. Saturday November 15
MOOT COURT RESOURCES
- Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship competition videos
Do you have questions or need more information? Email Nathan Inurria, the 2014-2015 Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition Director.