Blakely-Butler Moot Court

The 2021 Blakely-Butler Moot Court Competition, sponsored by Jackson Walker, will be held 
Friday, November 12, 2021 – Saturday, November 13, 2021.

HOW TO REGISTER:
Step 1: Find a teammate.
If you are still looking for a partner, click here.

Step 2: Pay for your team on PayPal.
Make sure to save your confirmation number. There are 3 options: (1) $20 if both team members are also Advocates members, (2) $100 if both team members are non-Advocates members, or (3) $60 for half and half.

Select Membership Status

Step 3: Register your team.
Only one person per team needs to fill out the Registration Form.

DATES FOR THE 2021 BLAKELY-BUTLER MOOT COURT COMPETITION:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20
    • Learning Lunch at 12 pm on Zoom
    • Registration starts at 6 pm
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27
    • Registration ends at 6 pm
  • Thursday, Nov. 4
    • Problem goes out
  • Friday, Nov. 12
    • COMPETITION BEGINS 
  • TBA
    • Writing component for course credit

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 the 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 on Zoom

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.