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Ole Miss Moot Court Board prepares for a new season

second- and third-year law students are working hard to compete in mock trials around the country as part of the unviersity’s moot court board.

The Moot Court Board at The University of Mississippi School of Law is getting ready for a new season of competition starting this fall.

The organization will send law students in teams of two or three across the country to compete in mock trials against teams from other schools. The Moot Court Board will also hold an internal competition in the spring.

“The main goal of the Moot Court Board is to win championships in external competitions while also helping these law students to develop skills,” said Wes Stevenson, vice chairman of the Moot Court Board.

Students compete with each other during their first and second years of law school for membership on the board. Applicants write a legal brief and argue for a hypothetical client before a panel of current board members. Those who advance to the final round must argue before a panel of one professor, one practicing attorney and one judge from the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

“There are many perks to being a member of the board,” Stevenson said. “Members get to use the Moot Court office, attend social events and it looks great on their resume.”

Of the 60 applicants this semester, 12 were selected to become members of the board.

This year, the board will compete at championships in Texas, California and New York, among other locations, arguing in specialized divisions of civil rights advocacy, constitutional law, bankruptcy and criminal law.

The Ole Miss Moot Court Board is a two-time defending champion at the Pace Environmental Law competition and hopes to claim a third title this year.

“Competitions are extremely competitive,” Stevenson said. “However, I do believe we have the talent for most of our teams to advance in the competitions.”