Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions
“We have a combined total of more than 50 years of trial experience among our coaching staff—including extensive work in capital cases. Private law firms would pay top dollar for the kind of training we give our competition teams.” ~ Professor Victor M. Hansen
2015 Client Counseling Team: Front: Molly Case '16, Mona Zafar '16
Back: Ragie France '17, Professor Lisa Freudenheim, Erin Filban '17
New England Law | Boston sponsors several teams that compete in regional and national advocacy events. Team membership is generally open to upper-level students, and coaching sessions are conducted several times a week in the run up to a moot competition. Students spend countless hours presenting arguments, testing approaches, taking risks, and discovering what works for them in a mock trial.
This rigorous training pays off in moot court competitions. Competitors from other schools find New England Law’s moot court and mock trial teams to be formidable opponents, and recent results show that students are acing their day in court.
Participation in these events provides an introduction to the legal community through contact with the practicing attorneys and jurists who adjudicate competitions, making it a great way for students to demonstrate their potential to future employers.
Environmental Moot Court Team members Shiela Nevells '15,
Gregory Birney '15, and Gregory Moss '15.
- Students put their advocacy skills to the test in an in-house Client Counseling Competition (CCC) open to all class years. The winning team represents New England Law in the regional round of the American Bar Association’s CCC. In 2015, our teams tied for second place in the preliminary round of the regional competition, and the team of Ragie France ’17 and Erin Filban’17 placed third overall in the final round. Coach: Visiting Academic Excellence Professor Lisa Freudenheim
- The Negotiation Team vaulted to the national level in only its second year of existence. (2011-2012 academic year) Coach: Academic Excellence Professor Robert Coulthard
Frederick Douglass Moot Court CompetitionCoach: Clinical Law Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar Lisa Laplante and Dina Francesca Haynes
- In 2014, a New England Law student received a Top Speaker Award in the competition, the nation's oldest with more than 70 teams annually. New England Law has fielded a team almost every year for the past two decades and a number of students have been recognized for their outstanding oral advocacy. Coach: Professor Peter Manus
- New England Law has been a perennial contender in the prestigious competition, having won eight brief awards since 1994. In 2015 the team of Ava Callender ’15 and Nina Hirsch ‘15 reached the competition’s fourth round before being eliminated by the eventual champion. It was the fifth year in a row that a New England Law squad has advanced to at least the quarterfinals. In 2012 the law school's team won the first runner-up Best Brief award and finished as a quarterfinalist overall, and in 2010 it won the national competition. The team took first place in the oral advocacy competition and a team member received the award for the best individual oralist. Coach: Professor Kent Schenkel
- In 2015, the team of Heather Bruha ’15 and Sean Murphy ’15 reached the regional semifinals; in 2014, the team of Cody Costello ’14 and Wendy Hansen ’15 was one of four to reach the regional finals out of a total of 22. New England Law's team reached the finals and received the best advocate award in 2006-2007. Coaches: Hon. Barbara Dortch-Okara and Tyler Ence (professor and lecturer on law, respectively)
- In 2011, Prateek Shukla ’12 received the top award for Best Oralist. Coaches: Associate Professor Peter Karol and Professor Russell VerSteeg