John Black Moot Court

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The John Black Moot Court Competition is open only to 1L students 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 1L 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.

REGISTRATION

Please pay for your registration using the PayPal button below, then complete the registration form here.

Competition Teams

IMPORTANT DATES

Revised dates: 

  • Learning Lunch: February 23 at 5 PM
  • Registration Opens: February 23 at 6 PM
  • Professor Simpson’s Oral Argument Workshop: February 26 at 10 am
  • Registration Closes and Problem Released: March 4 at 11:59 pm
  • Competition: March 25-27

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.

Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top finishing teams.

MORE INFORMATION
Email Mikel Moore, Director of the John Black Moot Court Competition