The Moot Court Board of the Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law of the University of
Memphis is dedicated to recognizing and fostering excellence in both appellate and
trial advocacy. The Moot Court Board consists of twenty, third-year law students
who the outgoing Board selects from the most qualified applicants. The incoming board
is announced during the spring semester prior to the Freshman Moot Court Competition.
The Moot Court Board is primarily responsible for organizing and coordinating all
in-school competitions. The Board also fields teams for travel team competitions.
The traveling teams have been consistently competitive with some of the most prestigious
schools in the country and have proudly represent the University of Memphis every
year. Moot Court spring travel teams had great success in 2011.
If you are interested in judging a Moot Court or Mock Trial competition at the law
school, please email MootCourt@memphis.edu.
2014-2015 Executive Board:
Barbara Kritchevsky, Director of Advocacy
Joining Moot Court Board
The outgoing Board selects from the twenty-five most qualified applicants in the second-year class. Each candidate
is required to sign a grade release form and submit a letter of interest. Each candidate
must have competed in at least two board-sponsored competitions and be in good academic
standing (GPA 2.00 or above). Participation in board competitions involves being a
trial or appellate advocate in an in-school or travel team competition. Serving as
a bailiff and/or witness in moot court or mock trial competition does not satisfy
moot court board eligibility requirements.
Once candidates have submitted the grade release forms and letters of intent, their
index scores are calculated. An index score is calculated from the advocate's performance
in intraschool and participation on traveling teams. The score is based on oral and
appellate brief/trial notebook scores in competitive in-school competitions and round
advancement. Applicants who competed on traveling teams receive a five point addition
to the index score.
Once the index scores are calculated, the Board elects twenty members from the top
twenty-five index advocates. Each board member must be able to serve on the Moot Court
Board for one full year.
The members of the Moot Court Board are required to perform a variety of responsibilities.
The Board members judge rounds of the Advanced and Freshman moot court competitions.
Board members may also help judge the traveling teams during practice.
Each board member who is not elected to an executive position serves on at least one
committee. The committees research and write the problems for the intraschool competitions,
grade briefs and trial notebooks submitted by competitors, and arrange for outside
judges for intraschool competitions.
Credit for Graduation
Moot Court/Mock Trial In-School Competition Credit: Students may receive one academic
credit for successful completion of two in-school competitions (moot court or mock
trial). Students who successfully complete four competitions may receive two academic
credits. Students may register for credit after completing the required competitions
or during their final semester of law school.
Moot Court Board Credit: Members of the Moot Court Board may receive one academic
credit on successful completion of their Moot Court Board obligations. Members of
the Moot Court Board Executive Board may receive two academic credits on successful
completion of the Moot Court Board obligations.
Travel team Competition Team Credit: Students who are members of inter-school competition
teams (moot court/mock trial/ADR) are eligible for one or two Advanced Appellate Advocacy
or one Advanced Trial Advocacy credits. Students must register for the relevant course
with the permission of the Director of Advocacy.
Annual Calendar of Competitions
September - Advanced Moot Court Competition (intraschool)
November - National Moot Court Competition and ADA Arbitration Competition
January - Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition and Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial
February - National Mock Trial Competition and Mock Trial Competition (intraschool)
March - Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Competition, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition,
Freshman Moot Court Competition (intraschool) and Duberstein Bankruptcy Law Moot Court
Contact Moot Court Board
Office: Memphis Law Moot Court Board, 1 N. Front St., Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: (901) 678-2679