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Moot Court & Mock Trial 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.

Trial competitions, moot court competitions and mock trials 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 J. 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.

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:

  • Niagara International Moot Court Competition
  • Jessup International Moot Court
  • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
  • National Trial Team Competition
  • American Bar Association Regional Representation in Mediation Competition
  • Fasken Martineau First Year International Law Moot Competition