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The John Black Moot Court Competition

ABOUT THE JOHN BLACK COMPETITION

The John Black Moot Court Competition is open only to 1L 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 competitor 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 1L 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 Krost Hall.  All other competition rounds are closed to the public.

JOHN BLACK COMPETITION PROBLEM AND CASE LIST

Problems will be sent out throughout the sign-up timeline and after the close of registration.

JOHN BLACK LEARNING LUNCH AND TEAM REGISTRATION

The Advocates host a Learning Lunch to provide an orientation to moot court competition, tips for the Preliminary Rounds, and an overview of the competition. Teams may sign up the following day at The Advocates table in the Commons, or online. Payment can be made through Venmo (The Advocates at UHLC) or through Paypal (theadvocatesatuhlc@gmail.com).

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Lucas Walker, the 2019 John Black Moot Court Competition Director at lwalker5@central.uh.edu.

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 compete a Competition Credit Petition.

Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top finishing teams.

IMPORTANT DATES

2020 John Black: TBD - COMING SOON!

BRIEF WRITING RESOURCES

MOOT COURT RESOURCES