The Moot Court Board offers a variety of trial and appellate competitions for students to participate in during the year. All competitions are open to second or third year students. Some competitions are for Moot Court Board members only. Any student who competes in a Moot Court Board sponsored competition is eligible for one ungraded academic credit.
First year students are encouraged to participate in the competitions as bailiffs or witnesses. This exposure introduces first year students to mock advocacy and prepares them to compete as second-year students. In addition, each spring the Board sponsors the First Year Appellate Competition where all first year students jump head first into the world of appellate advocacy.
Bruce Spaulding Trial Competition
This is the first annual Moot Court Board sponsored competition of the year. The Spaulding Competition is a civil trial and is open to all moot court board members. This is a great opportunity to practice trial advocacy.
Donald H. Turner Criminal Trial Competition
The Donald H. Turner Criminal Trial Competition was created to honor the memory of Professor Donald H. Turner who contributed an immense amount of time and effort to the success of the Moot Court Board. The competition is held in the fall and is the second largest Moot Court Board sponsored competition. It is open to all second and third year law students. The top team, if applicable, will be invited to join the Board and will represent the law school at a national criminal trial competition.
National Appellate Competition
The National Appellate Competition is limited to Moot Court Board members only. The top team(s) will represent the Willamette College of Law at the National Appellate Competition.
AAJ Trial Competition
The AAJ Trial Competition is a civil trial competition that is limited to Moot Court Board members only. The top team(s) will represent the Willamette College of Law at the AAJ Regional/National Competitions.
WUCL Open Appellate Competition
The Willamette University College of Law Open Appellate Competition is open to all second and third year law students. This open competition offers students interested in improving their appellate advocacy skills a competitive forum and interactive experience with other students and various members of the local legal community. The top team, if applicable, will be invited to join the Board.
First Year Appellate Competition (FYAC)
The First Year Appellate Competition is an appellate problem sponsored by the research and writing professors. Every spring, first year students write an appellate brief in conjunction with their research and writing class. In March, the first year students compete in oral arguments based on their briefs.
Regional and National Competition Information
Every year the Willamette University College of Law Moot Court Board sponsors several teams in regional and national appellate advocacy and trial advocacy competitions. The regional and national competitors are chosen by their success in Moot Court Board sponsored on-campus competitions such as the Spaulding Trial Competition, Don Turner Criminal Competition, the National Appellate Competition, and AAJ Trial Competition.
These competitions are great opportunities to experience high levels of competition, represent Willamette University College of Law, and enhance your advocacy skills. Moot Court Board members who participate in regional or national competitions work with attorney coaches and are expected to prepare and practice prior to the competitions. Students who compete in Regional Competitions also receive an additional ungraded academic credit.