Beyond the Classroom

Moot Courts, Mock Trials, Mediation Representation Competitions & Advocacy

Judges on the final bench of the Desmond Moot Court Competition: U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul '84; Associate Justice of the NYS Court of Appeals Eugene F. Pigott Jr. '73; Associate Justice of the NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department Erin M. Peradotto '84.

Competitions help our students refine their research, writing and oral advocacy skills with the help of faculty, attorneys and judges.

Competitions Hosted by the School of Law

Charles S. Desmond Moot Court Competition

An intramural competition that gives law students the opportunity to argue a constitutional case.

Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition

This competition features teams from law schools across the United States arguing a tax problem. 

Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition

The only national moot court in the United States to focus on topics in substantive criminal law.

Buffalo-Niagara Mock Trial Competition

This competition is one of the biggest national invitationals in the country, with more than 40 teams competing each year.

Annual UB Regional Representation in Mediation Competition

The interaction of lawyer and client, and the use of interest-based problem solving is the focus of our annual intramural Representation in Mediation Competition. Winners from this competition will be sent to the ABA's Representation in Mediation Regional Competition.

External Competitions

Moot court and trial team experiences build support and camaraderie among coaches and teammates. The School of Law offers many opportunities for students to compete against other law schools nationwide in such areas as trial advocacy, tax, and international, environmental and criminal law, and mediation and arbitration, through academic courses and student-run competitions.

Among the external competition in which the School of Law participates are: