ABOUT THE COMPETITION
The Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition is open to all students (Yes, 1L’s may now participate!) at the University of Houston Law Center. The competition is “closed-research,” meaning that a pool of eligible cases and materials will be provided by The Advocates, and competitors are not allowed to cite other materials in their arguments. Teams will prepare and present oral arguments for both sides of the case.
A Competition Team consists of two UHLC students, both serving as attorneys, and both attorneys must present in each round. Competition rounds are judged by members of the Houston legal community who often offer feedback to the teams after the round is over. Teams are scored on substantive content of their arguments, knowledge of the record, extemporaneous ability, and courtroom demeanor.
UHLC students, faculty, staff, and friends are invited to attend the Final Round in Krost Hall.
TENTATIVE DATES FOR THE 2020 BLAKELY-BUTLER MOOT COURT COMPETITION:
- Wednesday, Sept. 2
- Learning Lunch at 12 pm
- Evening session at 5 pm
- Registration starts at 6pm
- Wednesday, Sept. 9
- Registration ends
- Thursday, Sept. 10
- Problem goes out
- Thursday, September 17th OR Friday, September 18th
- COMPETITION BEGINS
- Writing component for course credit
COURSE CREDIT & PRIZES
UHLC students can earn 1 hour of non-substantive competition credit by (1) making a good-faith effort in the Competition and (2) completing and timely submitting the writing assignment for the Competition that is described in the Competition Rules.
Click here to complete a Competition Credit Petition.
The Competition Teams that advance to the Final Round will receive a cash prize. The Best Speaker in the Final Round will also be recognized.
LEARNING LUNCH & PROBLEM DISTRIBUTION
The Advocates will kick off the signup period for the Competition with a learning lunch and dinner session for the Blakely Butler Moot Court Competition on Wednesday, September 2, 2020. If you are interested in competing, you should attend. However, if you are unable to, do not worry! We will be recording it and have the link sent out. The details for the lunch are as follows:
- WHAT: Blakely Butler Moot Court Learning Lunch
- WHERE: Zoom – bit.ly/theadvocatesatuhlc
- WHEN: September 2, 2020
- TIME: 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM and 5:00 PM to 5:50 PM