Baylor Law’s Moot Court Program Ranked Third in the Nation

August 22, 2018

Baylor Law’s Moot Court Program Ranked Third in the Nation

Panoramic photo of Baylor Law School at sunset

WACO, Texas

The moot court program at Baylor Law has been ranked #3 in the nation for the 2017-2018 moot court competition season by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center.

Dawn-Storm King watercolor by John Hulsey

John Hulsey's watercolor, "Dawn–Storm King," on exhibit at Baylor Law, as winner of the 2018 National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

The Blakely Advocacy Institute uses a scoring system that assesses the quality of the competitions a school participates in, the size of the competitions, and the school’s performance in those competitions to determine the top programs in the nation.

“Baylor Law is a relatively small school compared to so many others in this ranking,” Stated Kathy Serr, Advocacy Program Coordinator, “to rank third in the nation speaks so highly of the strength of our program and the dedication of our students, professors, and coaches.”

Baylor Law participated in 21 moot court competitions during the 2017-2018 season, being either a finalist, semi-finalist, quarter-finalist, best brief, or best speaker at ten of those highly-competitive events.

Because of its ranking, Baylor Law has been invited to compete in the 2019 Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship, which determines the “best of the best” moot court program. The championship competition will take place in January 2019. In 2018, Baylor Law was a semi-finalist at the National Championship and was honored for third best brief.

The top 16 moot court programs in the country, according to the Blakely Advocacy Institute are:

Rank School
1 South Texas College of Law Houston
2 Chicago-Kent College of Law
3 Baylor Law
4 University of Oklahoma College of Law
5 University of California-Hastings School of Law
6 NYU Law School
7 Texas Tech University School of Law
8 Loyola University Chicago School of Law
9 University of Georgia School of Law
10 William and Mary University Law School
11 University of California-Berkeley School of Law
12 Ohio State University School of Law
13 St. Mary's University School of Law
14 Florida Coastal School of Law
15 Georgetown University Law School
16 Washington University School of Law

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