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Moot Court Competition
Mock Trial Competition

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


Client Counseling Team

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 Team

Environmental Moot Court Team members Shiela Nevells '15,
Gregory Birney '15, and Gregory Moss '15.


Moot Court and Mock Trial teams for the 2015-16 academic year

ABA Client Counseling Competition

  • 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

ABA Negotiation Competition

  • 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 Competition

Coach: Clinical Law Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Coaches: Associate Professor Lisa Laplante and Dina Francesca Haynes

National Environmental Moot Court Competition

  • 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

National Tax Moot Court Competition

National Trial Competition

  • 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)

Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Intellectual Property Competition