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Moot Courts, Mock Trials & Competitions

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.

Students who are in a J.D. or Advanced-Standing Two-Year J.D. program participate in trial competitions, moot court competitions and mock trials, which help our students refine their research, writing and oral advocacy skills with the help of faculty, attorneys and judges. In simulations of appellate arguments and trials, students learn to argue either side of a case – invaluable especially for those considering a career in litigation.

Competitions Hosted by the Law School

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.

American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2015 Regional Advocacy Trial Competition

Sponsored by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), the National Student Trial Advocacy Competition is an annual nationwide mock trial competition that gives law students the opportunity to develop and practice their trial advocacy skills before distinguished members of the bar and bench. This year’s regional competition is being held on March 19-22, 2015, and is hosted by SUNY Buffalo Law School.

External Competitions

Moot court and trial team experiences build support and camaraderie among coaches and teammates. The Law School 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, through academic courses and student-run competitions.

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