Texas Undergrads To Try Their Legal Skills At Baylor

Jan. 30, 2002

by Alan Hunt

Baylor Law School will welcome undergraduate students from across the Lone Star State Feb. 22-23 for the annual Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Competition.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Baylor Law School has hosted the competition. For the first time, the school's impressive new riverfront "home," the Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center, will be used as the contest venue.

Sponsored by the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association, the competition gives students who aspire to be attorneys a chance to try their legal skills at appellate advocacy in the law school's practice courtrooms.

"The competition allows undergraduate students to experience first-hand what lawyers actually do when they are representing clients in the litigation context," said competition organizer, Ronald L. Beal, professor of law.

Nearly 30 teams will compete from Texas A&M University, Hardin-Simmons University, the University of Texas at Austin, Arlington and Tyler, Stephen F. Austin State University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Wesleyan University, Sul Ross State University, Midwestern State University, Lamar University, and Howard Payne University.

Barristers of the Harvey M. Richey Moot Court Society -- Baylor law students who have excelled in the intra-school and interscholastic moot court competitions -- will serve as judges in the preliminary rounds. The final round of the contest will be judged by Law Dean Brad Toben and members of the law school faculty.

"Even if the students are not interested in going to law school, they will experience the thrill and pressure of trying to convince judges why their position on the facts and the law is the correct one. Developing skills of this kind can help one excel in any type of job," Beal added.

For more information, contact Beal at 710-3611.

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