The San Diego-based California Western School of Law‘s moot court competition teams recently completed the most successful season in the school’s history.
The teams finished as runner-ups behind Harvard University in the national Texas Young Lawyers Association Trial Competition—after besting Yale and Stanford to reach the final round. The law school also collected wins in the CA Bar Environmental Negotiation, UCLA Cyber Crimes, San Diego Defense Lawyers Mock Trial, and Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL) All-San Diego Competitions.
“This unprecedented success underscores the dedication of our students and alumni,” says faculty advisor Mario G. Conte. “It proves that California Western is a force to be reckoned with on the national level, and we are proud of the promising talent we have as students not only for these national competitions but also for the legal profession as a whole.”
California Western also placed fifth in the national American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition, and 32nd out of more than 550 law schools in the Jessup International Appellate Competition.
Moot court is a law school activity and competition during which students participate in the preparation and arguing of cases in front of judges. The case and sides are selected beforehand, and students are given a set amount of time to prepare for the eventual trial. The competitions are held nationwide, and help law students better prepare for real-world trials after they graduate and pass the bar.