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New England Law | Boston’s advocacy and skills teams test students’ legal knowledge and provide valuable skills that will carry over to their legal careers. Competitive events build upon rigorous training sessions that foster team camaraderie. Students bond while presenting arguments, testing approaches, taking risks, and discovering how to succeed in regional and national competitions.
New England Law teams competing in moot court and college mock trial competitions

Competitors Gain Real-World Skills

New England Law fields strong advocacy and skills teams in an array of legal interest areas, and in recent years we have won a national competition, claimed first place in Oral Advocacy, and brought home major awards in the Best Advocate, Best Oralist, Top Speaker, and Legal Briefs categories. We take great pride in these triumphs, but the real payoff comes from students’ improved writing and legal skills, which give them distinct advantages in their careers.

Advocacy events also introduce students to the legal community and demonstrate their potential to future employers through contact with the practicing attorneys and jurists who coach and judge competitions. 

“I would advise other students to participate on advocacy and skills teams, because it is a great experience,” said Leslie Luna De Lara, Graduate. “It has provided me with knowledge that most lawyers would love to have. It’s an opportunity to perfect our skills and work with professors who truly care about making us better.”

Advocacy and skills teams are great preparation not just for law practice, but for life.” —Professor Barbara Dortch-Okara

Preparation Leads to Increased Confidence

Professor Barbara Dortch-Okara, a retired Massachusetts Superior Court judge, coaches our students for advocacy competitions. She is among the distinguished jurists, practitioners, and professors who take our students through the intense and rewarding advocacy skills trainings that lead to their competitive success.

Advocacy and Skills Teams

  • ABA Client Counseling Competition
  • ABA Negotiation Competition
  • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
  • Saul Lefkowitz Intellectual Property Competition
  • National Basketball Negotiation Competition
  • National Environmental Moot Court Competition
  • National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • National Mock Trial Competition
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition