National Moot Court Competition Teams
Cooley Law School sends students across the United States (all expenses are covered) to compete against other law school students. Past competitors have been awarded the “Best Brief,” “Best Advocate” and even "Competition Winners" at national competitions. Try-outs for national teams are typically held week 13 or 14 at the end of each term. To be eligible for try-outs you must do one of the following: Advance in the Intra-School Competition; be a top ten advocate in the Intra-School Competition; or obtain an A or A- in either the Intra-School Moot Court Class, Advanced Writing or Scholarly Writing.
Cooley alumni are known throughout the country for their litigation skills. Within the past year students have won awards ranging from a "Top 10 Best Brief" to even winning the entire competition! National trial teams prepare students for a career in litigation by exposing them to the appellate trial process and allowing students to litigate against another team. National Moot Court competitions gives Cooley students a chance to compete against other schools at the national level. Students prepare an appellate brief and present an oral argument before a panel of judges. Students put in hours of hard work writing and editing their appellate briefs before submitting them. They also put in hours of practice preparing to argue in front of a bench of experienced judges and lawyers that will interrupt them with questions as they argue their side. National Moot Court teams are a unique and valued experience because it allows students to actually litigate an appellate case in real courthouses and be treated as lawyers.
Current National Teams for Michaelmas 2012...
National Moot Court - Lansing:
Past National Teams
Whittier (Juvenile Law) - Coach: Professor Calogero
ABA National Appellate Advocacy - Coach: Professor Calogero
ABA National Appellate Advocacy - Coach: Professor Nussbaumer
American Constitution Society - Coach: Professor Calogero
Frederick Douglass - Coach: Professor Dotson
Pace Environmental Law- Coach: Professor Witte
Jessup Team - Coach: Professor Finnegan & Professor Carrie