The Moot Court program provides practical experience and cultivates skill in the art of advocacy at the appellate level and trains a top-flight Moot Court team to represent UMKC in national competition.
The program consists of two semesters of intra-school competition. Appellate Advocacy II is held in the fall semester of the second year. The problem is set in the Missouri Supreme Court, and students are required to prepare Points Relied On and a summary of argument. Arguments are held at the Missouri state courthouse and are judged by local attorneys.
The 16 top-ranked participants from Appellate Advocacy II are invited to take Appellate Advocacy III (Ellison Moot Court Competition) in the spring. In this competition, students write a full brief and argue both sides of a case set in the U.S. Supreme Court. Arguments are held in March at the federal courthouse and are judged by actual state and federal court judges.
The members of the National Moot Court team go on to Appellate Advocacy IV, which involves writing a brief and presenting arguments at the Region 9 Regional Moot Court Competition that takes place in the fall of the third year of law school. If a team qualifies at the Regional Competition, it can participate in the final rounds of the National Moot Court Competition in New York City in January.
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