Brooklyn Law School Moot Court Honor Society
Our Moot Court Honor Society is one of the most distinguished and accomplished moot court programs in the country. Students in the Trial Advocacy Division and the Appellate Advocacy Division compete in over thirty competitions across the United States and overseas. These competitions span all areas of the law, from family law to criminal procedure to constitutional law to international law. Year after year, Brooklyn Law School students win individual awards for outstanding oral and written advocacy, as well as group awards for winning competitions and advancing to quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds.
The Moot Court Honor Society is composed of two distinct but equal components: the Appellate Division and the Trial Advocacy Division. Preparation for and participation in mock trials and appellate advocacy gives students an excellent opportunity to strengthen the oral advocacy and writing skills essential to the practice of law. Students work hard in the weeks preceding competitions, perfecting their positions and case theories, responding to anticipated objections and arguments, and understanding and appreciating proper courtroom etiquette and procedure. Students may earn academic credit for participating in or coaching moot court competitions.
Brooklyn Law School's outstanding record of success in moot court competitions can, in part, be attributed to the strong involvement of faculty and alumni. These individuals critique the students’ arguments and assist them in developing issues for legal research and written and oral advocacy. Once our students have honed their skills, they are ready to compete against other law schools in moot court competitions held across the United States and overseas. The teams generally compete first in qualifying rounds, and if they are successful they advance to quarter-final, semi-final and final rounds.
Each year, Brooklyn Law School hosts the Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition. Named in honor of the late BLS Dean and renowned evidence scholar, the competition draws over 30 law school teams from across the country to participate in an appellate competition addressing an issue at the forefront of evidence law. Members of the Moot Court Honor Society coordinate and facilitate the Prince Competition, and a few students have an opportunity to work with faculty members to research and write the Competition problem.