Top 20 law schools by moot court performance

A while back I forwarded the fairly novel idea that law school ranking systems might consider the performance of law schools’ students in head to head competition in lawyering skills (i.e. moot court). One obstacle to such an endeavor is that there has been little in the way of systematic measuring of law schools’ performance in moot court competitions.

This may no longer be a problem. I recently stumbled upon the “Best Moot Court Programs” website. This entity claims to have systematically ranked schools according to their annual cumulative moot court performance. I have to admit that I have not checked their rankings or data against other sources and I am not entirely sure if this ranking process will continue – however, it seems to be a step in a good direction. I am not certain if the annual ranking is a good idea; perhaps a three year average of scores would be more accurate and produce less volatile results. On balance, I err in favor of posting these rankings. If they have problems, then perhaps some good soul (who is more ambitious on this matter than I) will produce better ones.

So, without further ado – here are the top 20 law schools by moot court performance:

201 California Hastings moot court (1st)

· Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Competition (finalist, beating 10 at nationals = 10 points [regionals don't count b/c too small])

· Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition (Brooklyn)(winner out of 38 teams = 37 points)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 32 at regional = 32 points)

· Cardozo/BMI Entertainment & Communications Law Competition (New York City)(semifinalist out of 34 teams = 30 points)

· Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (beat 15 in prelims, beat 16 teams at advanced rounds = 31 points [regionals don’t count b/c too small])

· Evans Constitutional Law Competition (semifinalist out of 34 teams = 30 points)

· Tulane Mardi Gras Invitational Sports Law Competition (winner out of 32 teams = 31 points)

171 Washington University moot court (2nd)

· Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (beat 27 teams in prelims, beat 8 teams at advanced rounds = 35 points [regionals don’t count b/c too small])

· William McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition (Minneapolis)(finalist out of 36 teams = 34 points)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 32 teams at regional, beat 12 teams at national = 44 points)

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (semifinalist out of 67 teams = 58 points [three teams argue at a time so there were 9 semifinalists])

147 Georgetown moot court (3rd)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 29 at regional = 29 points)

· Cardozo/BMI Entertainment & Communications Law Competition (New York City)(semifinalist out of 34 teams = 30 points)

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (Winner out of 67 teams = 66 points)

· Spong (semifinalist out of 26 teams = 22 points)

138 Chicago-Kent moot court (4th)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 31 at regional; beat 16 at national = 47 points)

· Ruby R. Vale Corporate Law Moot Court Competition (Wilmington, Delaware)(semifinalist out of 24 teams = 20 points)

· Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition (New York City)(semifinalist out of 42 teams = 38 points)

· Cardozo/BMI Entertainment & Communications Law Competition (New York City)(finalist out of 34 teams = 32 points)

137 South Texas moot court (5th)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 31 at regional = 31 points)

· Rendigs (two teams: finalist and winner out of 30 teams = 57 points)

· Spong (two teams: winner and finalist out of 26 teams = 49 points)

109 Georgia moot court (6th)

· National First Amendment Moot Court Competition (Nashville)(semifinalist out of 35 teams = 31 points)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 32 at regional, beat 12 at national = 44 points)

· Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition (Brooklyn)(semifinalist out of 38 teams = 34 points)

109 Brooklyn moot court (6th)

· Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition (New York City)(winner out of 49 teams = 48 points)

· National First Amendment Moot Court Competition (Nashville)(semifinalist out of 35 teams = 31 points)

· Tulane Mardi Gras Invitational Sports Law Competition (finalist out of 32 teams = 30 points)

103 Lewis and Clark moot court (8th)

· Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (beat 23 teams at prelims, beat 16 teams at advanced rounds = 39 points [regionals don’t count b/c too small])

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (finalist out of 67 teams = 64 points)

86 American moot court (9th)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (one team = beat 29 at regional, beat 16 at national; other team = beat 29 at regional, beat 12 at national; totaling 86 points)

85 George Mason moot court (10th)

· National First Amendment Moot Court Competition (Nashville)(winner out of 35 teams = 34 points)

· Evans Constitutional Law Competition (semifinalist out of 34 teams = 30 points)

· Constance Baker Motley competition (semifinalist out of 25 teams = 21 points)

76 Mississippi College moot court (11th)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 29 at regional = 29 points)

· Duberstein National Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition (New York City)(finalist out of 49 teams = 47 points)

73 Michigan State moot court (12th)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 32 at regional = 32 points)

· Robert F. Wagner National Labor & Employment Moot Court Competition (New York City)(winner out of 42 teams = 41 points)

66 Campbell moot court (13th)

· William McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition (Minneapolis)(winner out of 36 teams = 35 points)

· ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (beat 31 at regional = 31 points)

64 University of Memphis (14th)

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (finalist out of 67 teams = 64 points)

58 Louisiana State (15th)

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (semifinalist out of 67 teams = 58 points [three teams argue at a time so there were 9 semifinalists])

58 University of Utah (15th)

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (semifinalist out of 67 teams = 58 points [three teams argue at a time so there were 9 semifinalists])

58 Arizona State (15th)

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (semifinalist out of 67 teams = 58 points [three teams argue at a time so there were 9 semifinalists])

58 University of Detroit (15th)

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (semifinalist out of 67 teams = 58 points [three teams argue at a time so there were 9 semifinalists])

58 University of Denver (15th)

· National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition (semifinalist out of 67 teams = 58 points [three teams argue at a time so there were 9 semifinalists])

57 Columbia moot court (20th)

· Constance Baker Motley competition (two teams: winner out of 25 teams = 24 points; finalist out of 25 teams = 23 points; total = 47 points)

· Jessup (ranked 20th out of 30 teams in preliminary rounds = 10 points)

One Response to Top 20 law schools by moot court performance

  1. Get the data, and you can estimate the latent dimension of “best moot court” team while accounting for the structure of the rank-order tournament. See this paper: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1002120