John Black Moot Court


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.


  • Learning Lunch: TBD
  • Registration Opens: TBD
  • Professor Simpson’s Oral Argument Workshop: TBD
  • Registration Closes and Problem Released: TBD
  • Competition: March 3-5


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.

Email Jared Peloquin, Director of the John Black Moot Court Competition