Baylor To Host Undergrad Moot Court Contest

Feb. 11, 2000

by Alan Hunt

Students from universities across Texas will visit Baylor Law School Feb. 25-26, to compete in the annual Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Competition.

The contest gives students who aspire to be attorneys a chance to try their legal skills in hearings at the law school's practice courtrooms. "The competition allows undergraduate students an opportunity to see first-hand how the legal system works," said competition organizer, Professor Ron Beal.

Nearly 40 teams will compete from Texas A&M University, Hardin-Simmons University, the Universities of Texas at Austin, Arlington and Tyler, Stephen F. Austin State University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas Wesleyan University, Sul Ross University, Midwestern 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 rounds of the contest will be judged by Law Dean Brad Toben and members of the law school faculty.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Baylor Law School has hosted the competition, which is sponsored by the Texas Undergraduate Moot Court Association. Beal said, "Even if the students choose not to go to law school, they will walk away with an excellent understanding of how the legal system functions."

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