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The Moot Court Program at Loyola New Orleans is built on consistency and excellence. The comprehensive program is designed to give students the opportunity to participate effectively in intramural and intercollegiate moot court competitions as well as future law practice. Students build and perfect the art of persuasive oral advocacy and the skills of proficient brief writing.
Beginning the first year of law school, students have the opportunity to take the Loyola Moot Court Course in effective appellate advocacy. Selections for Moot Court Staff positions are made following the course in an annual competitive intramural competition. Every participant is graded individually on each appearance before a bench of judges. Eliminations and selections are determined by these scores as well as persuasive writing skills.
The Moot Court Board, composed of seven third-year law students, is responsible for the organization, administration, and selection of these members. The Board also selects the competitors and coaches of the national teams who will compete with other law schools in the region and nationwide. Each year the Moot Court Program hosts the Moot Court Annual Golf Tournament and the Moot Court Banquet in conjunction with the regional and local legal communities. Alumni, local practitioners, and judges regularly partake in these events and competition preparation.
Loyola teams have a national reputation for excellence and regularly win or place high in competitions. Loyola New Orleans will remain a top 10 program in the nation after placing as semi-finalists in the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the Vanderbilt First Amendment Competition in the 2012 year. Our individual team members are also consistently recognized. Last year, both Camille Bryant and Atoyia Scott were recognized as Best Preliminary Round Advocates at the Wagner National Labor & Employment Law Moot Court Competition.
Chairman: Krystal Norton
Alumni Chair: Gerard Gaudet
Selection Chair: Atoyia Scott
National Team Coach: Alex Rossi
Fall/Spring Coaches: Paul Solouki, Skylar Barbosa, and Teva Sempel
Faculty Advisor: Professor Monica Hof Wallace