Paul L. Caron

Friday, January 21, 2022

2020-21 Moot Court Rankings

UC Hastings Takes Moot Court Crown, Nat'l Jurist, Fall 2021, at 18:

According to an annual ranking by University of Houston Law Center’s Blakely Advocacy Institute, UC Hastings racked up 127.5 points in moot court competitions during the 2020-21 academic year. (The score takes into account the quality of the competitions, their size and the school’s performance.) By comparison, second-place University of Georgia School of Law earned 97.5 points. That’s pretty far back in the rear view mirror.

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Virtual competitions can add challenges for participants. ... They have to think about lighting, sound, camera angles, etc. Yet, in some ways, it made participation easier. More schools could enter more contests because the time and costs associated with travel weren’t an issue. And tournament organizers had more choices when it came to judges. ...

Surprises? Every year brings a few. This year, Florida State University College of Law won five national events, which is a rare feat, Lawrence said. By comparison, UC Hastings won three, but it fared better overall. ... Florida State finished eighth. Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University scored points in only three competitions, but they were significant ones. The school finished 17th. Michigan State University College of Law was last year’s winner, but it fell to 16th this time around.

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