The Advocates

 

The John Black Moot Court Competition

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 Krost Hall.  All other competition rounds are closed to the public.

JOHN BLACK LEARNING LUNCH & PROBLEM DISTRIBUTION
The Advocates host a Learning Lunch in Krost Hall to provide an orientation to moot court competition and tips for the Mandatory and Competitive Rounds that will include a short demonstration of a moot court competition round. 

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.

PRIZES
The Competition Teams that advance to the Final Round will receive a cash prize.  Students competing in the Final Round will also receive special consideration for an invitation to join the University of Houston Law Center Moot Court Team.  The Best Speaker in the Final Round will also be recognized.

IMPORTANT DATES
2015 John Black Moot Court Competition Learning Lunch: February 18, Krost Hall
2015 John Black Moot Court Competition Dates:
Preliminary Rounds – February 27 – March 1
Quarter Final Rounds – March 2
Semi-Final Rounds – March 4
Final Round – March 6, Krost Hall

MOOT COURT RESOURCES

  • Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship competition videos

Do you have questions or need more information? Email Davut Atik, the 2015 John Black Moot Court Competition Director.