Competitions & Moot Courts

Mitchell Competitions and Moot Courts

Students who participate in William Mitchell’s moot courts and competitions find additional opportunities to practice the skills they’ve learned and gain an understanding of how attorneys function within a particular area of law. William Mitchell participates in various competitions, each featuring a distinct skill important to practicing lawyers. Each competition has its own focus, format, and eligibility standards.


Moot Courts

Competition news

Mitchell team wins National Transactional LawMeet in Philadelphia, March 2013

Mitchell team finishes first at the American Association for Justice’s Student Trial Advocacy Competition regional competition in Cleveland, Ohio, March 2013

Mitchell team finishes first in the Transactional LawMeet regional in Chicago, March 2013

Mitchell team finishes first in ABA Negotiation Competition regional, November 2012

Mitchell students capture third-place finish in national civil rights moot court competition March, 2009

Mitchell hosts first Minnesota IP Law Association Cup Competition March 2008

Mitchell students take third at national Client Counseling Competition March 2008

William Mitchell student teams finish first and second at client counseling competition; winner advances to nationals February 2008

Good luck to Mitchell teams at ABA’s Arbitration Competition January 2008

Mitchell honors outstanding student achievements in national IP moot court competitions October 2007

Mitchell students will advance to the National Moot Court Competition November 2007

Mitchell students advance to nationals in arbitration and Negotiation competitions November 2007)

William Mitchell team finishes in top five in national client counseling competition March 2007

Students advance to nationals in intellectual property moot court competition March 2007

William Mitchell team wins client counseling competition; advances to nationals February 2007

William Mitchell team captures third in nation in arbitration competition November 2006

Participants say…

“Moot court is a very important activity for students.In determining quality, employers look first to see if a student participated in Law Review and second Moot Court.So, it’s a very important piece of what makes a quality candidate for a job.It also instills wonderful confidence in the students.In a few short months they go from timid, careful oralists to really remarkable speakers.That part is very gratifying for me, an educator, to watch.”

Kenneth Port, Mitchell professor, director of Intellectual Property Institute

“Moot court competitions give students a chance to practice the written and oral skills they are learning in their law school classes. We hear over and over how the students are thrilled to argue in front of appellate-level judges who compliment them as having ‘some of the best’ oral argument techniques they have seen.”

Kristine Dorrain ’03, Adjunct professor, Coach of BMI and Saul Lefkowitz teams

“It was a highlight of my law school experience because I was there for a purpose which I was passionate about and deeply committed to learning about.”

James Lund ’07, former Moot Court competitor

“With our third trip to nationals in four years, we heard people from several schools talk about how well Mitchell does in a number of these law school competitions.”

Michael Gibbons ’99, Co-coach of Client Counseling Competition team

“The insights and practice we have had in speaking to clients has been valuable in developing active listening, determining relevant information, giving advice, giving the client reasonable expectations, dealing with confidentiality, explaining fees/ retainer agreements, and the list goes on.”

Michael Sheridan, Mitchell 3L, team member, 2008 National Client Counseling Competition third-place finisher