The Appellate team competes in national and international appellate competitions every year. These competitions combine written and oral advocacy, through the writing of appellate briefs and oral arguments. The team has two divisions: Environmental and International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC division competes nationally to qualify for the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in The Hague, Netherlands. The Environmental division competes in the US every spring. The Appellate team has a long history of success.
- International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition
- First Runner-Up 2017, Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean
- Best Victim’s Counsel, Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean
- Best Oralist, Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean
- As one of the top two Unites States teams, the team qualified for the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition in The Hague, Netherlands.
- The team also competes in the NELMCC Pace Environmental Competition.
The Mock Trial team competes in a number of regional and national mock trial competitions every year. These competitions focus on trial court advocacy. Under the tutelage of veteran student coaches and practitioner coaches, competitors work collaboratively to develop oral advocacy skills, proficiency with the Federal Rules of Evidence, and creative problem solving. The Trial team achieved great acclamation in the last year, winning both regional and national championships.
- John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial AdvocacyCompetition
- National Champions
- Individual Award for Best Advocate
- AAJ National Student Trial Advocacy Competition
- National Semi-finalists
- Regional Champions
- Southwestern Black Law Student Association Regional Convention
- Individual Award for Best Advocate
- Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition
Alternative Dispute Resolutions Team
The Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR) team competes around the nation and internationally every year. Members of the ADR team cultivate the skills necessary to settle legal disputes outside of traditional litigation. The team studies different elements of pre-litigation procedure, settlement negotiation, and civil mediation. Team members both act the role of advocates for parties in disputes and serve as mediators between the parties. This requires a uniquely different skillset from the litigation advocacy practiced by the other Interschool teams.
- ABA Mediation Competition
- Houston Energy Negotiation Competition
- ABA Negotiation Competition
- Representation in Mediation Competition
- The team also competes in the International Law School Mediation Tournament by INADR, joining a network of over fifty teams from around the globe. Last year, the tournament was in Scotland.
John R. Brown Appellate Admiralty Team
The John R. Brown Appellate Admiralty (JRB) team competes in the John R. Brown Appellate Admiralty Competition every spring. The competition is hosted by Tulane University Law School every other year and is hosted by alternating schools on the years in between. The competition is procedurally appellate, requiring proficiency in both written advocacy in the form of appellate briefs and oral advocacy through oral arguments. The 2016-2017 team was the inaugural JRB team. The team competed notably their first year, earning high oral argument scores at the JRB Competition.
- John R. Brown Appellate Admiralty Competition
Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team
The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team competes internationally every spring in either Vienna, Austria, or Hong Kong.
Traditionally, the Moot has been held annually in Vienna, attracting more than 300 law schools from all around the world.
The Vis Moot is the largest moot court competition in the world, providing teams with the opportunity to study areas of international commercial and arbitration laws.
Vis “mooties” are given the chance to develop legal research techniques, improve legal writing skills, hone oral advocacy skills, and
travel internationally to connect with a global network of other teams.