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Interschool Competition

The interschool competitions/traveling teams allow student teams comprised of two to four persons to compete against other law schools across the nation.  These traveling teams have been consistently competitive against some of the top schools in the country.  Each traveling team must have a coach who works with the team one-on-one. 

Traveling teams are selected based on try-outs during the Fall Semester.  Students must submit a resume, letter of interest, and a writing sample. Each student who wishes to try out must interview and present a short oral argument in front of a panel of judges. 

Members of traveling teams are eligible for academic credits.  Participants also receive a five point bonus on their overall score should they decide to compete for membership on Moot Court Board.  Half of the members on the Moot Court Board typically served on traveling teams in their second and/or third year. 

Memphis Law Teams:

  • National Moot Court Competition
    The oldest of the moot court competitions, students participate in a regional competition in November. Teams that advance compete in the National Competition in New York in late January or early February. Director of Advocacy Barbara Kritchevsky coaches this team. For information on this competition and past issues, please visit the competition website.

  • Wagner Labor Law Moot Court Competition
    This competition is held in New York City in early March. Attorney Tim Perkins (JD 05) coaches the team. For information on this competition and past issues, please visit the competition website

  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
    Sponsored by the American Bar Association, students participate in a regional competition in March. Teams that advance compete in the National Competition in Chicago in early April. Director of Advocacy Barbara Kritchevsky coaches the team.  For information on this competition and past issues, please visit the competition website.

  • ABA Arbitration Competition
    Sponsored by the American Bar Association, this competition is held in November of each year.  Attorneys Ryan Baker and Chris Lazarini (JD 92) coach the team. For more information, please visit the competition website.

  • Duberstein Bankruptcy Law Moot Court Competition
    Sponsored by the American Bankruptcy Institute, this competition is held in New York State in March. Attorney Mark Wright (JD 01) coaches the team. For information on this competition and past issues, please visit the competition website.


  • Frederick S. Douglass Moot Court Competition 
    Sponsored by Black Law Student Association (BLSA), this competition is held in January of every year at the NBLSA convention. Attorney Andre Mathis (JD 07) is the coach. For information on this competition and past issues please visit the competition website.


  • National Mock Trial Competition
    This competition is sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association and held in February. The team is coached by Professors Daniel Schaffzin and Katharine Traylor Schaffzin. Memphis Law is set to host the Region Five Competition in February 2012. For information on this competition and past issues, please visit the competition website.


  • Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition 
    Sponsored by BLSA, this competition is held in January of every year at the NBLSA convention. Attorneys Melanie Murry and Bridgett Stigger (JD 07) coach the team. For information on this competition and past issues please visit the competition website.

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