Moot Court Program
SIU School of Law is highly regarded for our excellent moot court and trial advocacy programs. All first-year students participate in an oral advocacy intra-school competition as part of their Lawyering Skills class. Second and third-year students can compete nationally as either members of the Moot Court Board or the SIU Trial Advocacy Registered Student Organization.
First Year Lawyering Skills Appellate Advocacy
During the first year of law school, as part of the Lawyering Skills course, all students write an appellate brief and make an oral argument before a panel of judges that includes trial judges and attorneys.
After the first year, students may compete for selection to the SIU Law Moot Court Board. Moot Court Board members participate in mock Supreme Court arguments by writing briefs and making oral arguments before panels of attorneys and judges. To become members of the Moot Court Board, students first participate in an multi-round Intramural Moot Court Competition during the fall of their second year. From these students, several are selected to represent the school in national moot court competitions, beginning in the spring of their second year and continuing into their third year. Southern Illinois’ success in national competitions is notable.
Students interested in trial rather than appellate argument may try out in their second year for membership in the Trial Advocacy Division of the Moot Court Board. Students are selected after an intramural tryout, and compete in their third year after completion of courses in evidence and trial advocacy.