KU Law offers an extensive Moot Court Program with a long tradition of success and excellence. The program consistently ranks among the nation’s top 30. In 2021, KU Law’s Moot Court Program ranked 13th nationwide.
Students' first experience in moot court comes in their first-year Lawyering Skills class. All students write a summary judgment brief and engage in an oral argument.
All second-year students are eligible to compete in KU's Second-Year In-House Moot Court Competition. This is a one-credit course in which individuals write an appellate brief and give a mock argument before a panel of judges.
The best advocates in the competition receive the Robert C. Foulston and George Siefkin Prizes for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. Top performers from KU's Moot Court Council represent KU in various national and international moot court competitions.
Moot Court Program Information
Students on the Moot Court Council represent KU in various national and international moot court competitions. They also supervise the Second-Year In-House Competition under the direction of Professor Pamela Keller. For questions about the council, contact Pam Keller at email@example.com.
2021-22 Moot Court Council
Elizabeth Cateforis | Criminal Procedure, Environmental Law, Thurgood Marshall
John Head | International Law
Pamela Keller | National Moot Court, Veteran's Law, Employment Law
Lumen Mulligan | ABA Appellate Advocacy
Uma Outka | Environmental Law
Thomas Stacy | First Amendment Law, Criminal Law
Stephen Ware | Bankruptcy Law
Shawn Watts | Federal Indian Law
Students in the in-house competition work on a mock appellate problem before the United States Supreme Court. The final round of the competition is judged by active federal and state court judges. In past final rounds, KU students have argued before United States Supreme Court and Kansas Supreme Court justices, U.S. Circuit and U.S. District Court judges, and Kansas appellate and trial judges. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Clarence Thomas have judged the final rounds in past years.
The subject area of the competition varies from year to year. Each individual will have to write on one issue. The top 16 individuals become members of KU's Moot Court Council in their third year of law school and will represent KU in various national and international moot court competitions.
Polisnelli law firm provides prizes for the best oral advocates and for the authors of the best briefs in the competition.
2021 Polsinelli Moot Court Awards:
- Best Oral Advocate: Rachel Zierden
- Finalists: Alec Feather, Konnor Manley, Grace Stewart-Johnson, Rachel Zierden
- Best Brief: Rachel Zierden and Konnor Manley
- Second Best Brief: Alec Feather and Grace Stewart-Johnson
2020 Polsinelli Moot Court Awards
- Best Oral Advocate: Austyn Caisse
- Finalists: Austyn Caisse, David Biegel, Sydney Buckley, Caleb Kampsen, Peyton Pender, Benjamin Ramburg, Jake Schmidt
- Best Brief: Benjamin Ramburg and Caleb Kampsen
- Second Best Brief: Jake Schmidt and Peyton Pender
2019 Polsinelli Moot Court Awards
- Best Oral Advocate: TJ Blake
- Finalists: Andi Leuszler, Tate Hughes, Cole Cummins
- Best Brief: Cole Cummins and Tate Hughes
- Second Best Brief: TJ Blake and Andi Leuszler