Baylor Law Takes Top Spot in Most Recent Moot Court Ranking

April 24, 2019

Baylor Law Takes Top Spot in Most Recent Moot Court Ranking

WACO, Texas -

According to new data compiled by the University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute, Baylor Law’s Moot Court Program is now the #1 program in the nation for the 2018-2019 moot court competition season.

Each year, the Blakely Advocacy Institute ranks law schools across the nation using a scoring system that evaluates the quality of the moot court competitions, the size of the competitions, and the overall performance of schools in these competitions to determine the best programs in the nation. The top 16 schools are then invited to participate in the Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship sponsored by the Blakely Advocacy Institute. Baylor Law was a semi-finalist of the 2019 championship and has been invited to participate again in next year’s competition, scheduled for early 2020.

Baylor Law participated in 21 moot court competitions during the 2018-2019 season, finishing as a finalist, semi-finalist, quarter-finalist, best brief, best speaker - or some combination of the above- at 15 of those highly-competitive events.

Baylor Law’s Dean Brad Toben said the first-place result underscores the effectiveness of the law school’s distinctive approach to results-oriented legal training. "We are so proud of the hard word of our advocacy teams and their coaches. This ranking is not the result of just one team or one coach. Having a successful outcome at 15 out of 21 competitions is an amazing feat given the size of Baylor Law. These wins really show the depth and overall strength of our advocacy program.”

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

Baylor Law
University of California-Hastings School of Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
University of Alabama School of Law
South Texas College of Law Houston
St. Mary's University School of Law
George Washington University School of Law
William and Mary University Law School
University of Georgia School of Law
Liberty University School of Law
Louisiana State University School of Law
Texas Tech University School of Law
University of Kansas School of Law
University of Houston Law Center
Columbia University Law School
Georgetown University Law School

Moot court competitions are an extracurricular activity that simulates appellate court proceedings. These competitions enable students to apply classroom knowledge in a courtroom setting, hone their research and writing skills, apply the skills and knowledge they receive in the classroom, and practice arguing both sides of a case before a panel of lawyers and judges.

Baylor Law’s successful season was capped off with an impressive showing at the country’s largest moot court competition, the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. At the National Championship, the team of Kyle Gardner, Haley Mowdy, and Kyle Stone took first place, best speaker, second-best speaker, and second-best brief.

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