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 COMPETITION PROBLEM AND CASE LIST
Click here to download the 2017 John Black Moot Court Competition Problem.
Click here to download the John Black Moot Court Competition Research Memorandum and Closed Research Legal Authority List.
JOHN BLACK LEARNING LUNCH & TEAM REGISTRATION
The Advocates host a Learning Lunch in Krost Hall to provide an orientation to moot court competition and tips for the Preliminary 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.
In order to compete, teams must fill out the registration form at http://goo.gl/forms/EU7HG28Xlm and pay the competition fees at The Advocates table in The Commons.
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.
- Preliminary rounds -Feb 24 – Feb 25, 2017
- Quarterfinals – Mar 3, 2017
- Semifinals – Mar 4, 2017
- Final Round – Mar 4, 2017
MOOT COURT RESOURCES
Do you have questions or need more information? Email Allie Trujillo, the 2017 John Black Moot Court Competition Director.