ABOUT THE JOHN BLACK MOOT COURT 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 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 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 the Vinson & Elkins Courtroom (111 TUII). All other competition rounds are closed to the public.
JOHN BLACK COMPETITION PROBLEM AND CASE LIST
Click here to download the 2018 John Black Moot Court Competition Problem and Closed Research List of Authorities.
Click here to download the 2018 John Black Moot Court Competition Rules
JOHN BLACK LEARNING LUNCH & TEAM REGISTRATION
The Advocates host a Learning Lunch and Dinner to provide an orientation to moot court competition, tips for the Preliminary Rounds, and an overview of the competition. Teams may sign up at the Learning Lunch and Dinner, at The Advocates table in the Commons, or online. Payment can be made through Venmo (The Advocates at UHLC); through Paypal (firstname.lastname@example.org); or with cash. Sign up online at https://goo.gl/forms/ZU1Kc0IoRLFm20Cf1.
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.
Competition champions and finalists will receive a cash prize. The Best Speaker in the Final Round will receive the $500 Vinson & Elkins Best Speaker in the Final Round Award.
2018 John Black Moot Court Competition Learning Lunch and Dinner: Thursday, March 8th at 12:00pm-12:50pm and 5:00pm-5:50pm
2018 John Black Moot Court Competition Registration Deadline: March 19th
2018 John Black Moot Court Competition Dates: March 23rd-24th
2018 UHLC Moot Court Team Tryouts: March 25th-26th
For-Credit Writing Assignment Due by April 9th, 5:00pm
Do you have questions or need more information? Email Daniel Jung, the 2017-2018 John Black Moot Court Competition Director.
BRIEF WRITING RESOURCES
MOOT COURT RESOURCES