The University of Miami School of Law was ranked 14th best law school for moot court teams of the decade out of all 200 ABA-approved law schools in Pre-Law Magazine’s Fall 2016 article “Best Schools for Moot Court.”
Charles C. Papy Jr. Moot Court Board
Members of the law school’s Charles C. Papy Jr. Moot Court Board have consistently won or placed high in competitions across the U.S. for years, and many members say moot competitions are highlights of their law school career.
How has Miami Law maintained its steady wins over so many years? Current President of the Papy Board Matt Keilson attributes the legacy of wins to the symbiotic support and dedication of both students and alumni. “Our success stems from the dedication of our members and alumni. The competitors work very hard, and our alumni are eager to coach, judge, and assist.”
Miami Law Alumni Support
Miami Law alumnus and team coach Harvey Sepler agrees it is a mix of hard work on the part of the students coupled with strong support from the school and its alumni.
“Moot Court is a very demanding activity and our students have shown the level of dedication necessary to bring home international, national and state championships,” says Sepler. “Thanks to the school, our alumni, the many coaches over the years, and the involvement of our legal community, we've enjoyed a great deal of success and I am privileged to be part of that effort.”
Having law school alumni support and coach teams is not standard at all law schools. Miami Law’s alumni network plays a significant role in the Moot Court success. “That relationship is unique to the University of Miami School of Law. It is a cornerstone of the moot court program,” echoes Keilson.
The Strength of the Students
Of course, the wins ultimately boil down to the students and their talent as oral and written advocates. “As a longtime Moot Court coach, I can tell you that the students who comprise the Moot Court Board and who participate in competitions are extremely hard-working and serious,” affirms Sepler. “Their writing and oral advocacy skills have been honed to the highest levels and we're very proud of our competitors.”
Snapshot 2007-16: Miami Law Moot Court Wins & Highlights Over The Years
2016 - Miami Law Beats out 31 Teams to Win Prestigious Kaufman Securities Moot in NYC
2015 - Miami Law Team Beats 21 to Win Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Moot Court Competition
2014 - Miami Law’s Moot Court Ranks Top 10 in U.S.
2013 - Miami Law Team Wins Regional ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition
2012 - Miami Law Moot Teams Are On a Roll with Multiple Wins
2011 - Miami Law Students Win National Baseball Arbitration Competition
2010 - Moot Court Teams Ranked 14th in Country (Barrister Magazine, Page 25)
2009 - UM LAW Wins Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition
2008 - UM LAW Students Make Their Mark at Moot court and Mock Trial Competitions (Barrister Magazine, Page 10)
2007 - Law School Moot Court Dominates ABA Regionals (Barrister Magazine, Page 7)
Pre-Law Magazine, founded in 1997, is one of the leading news sources in legal education for prospective law students and law professors and law school administrators. It is known as one of the leading news sources in legal education for prospective law students and law professors and law school administrators and based its ranking using data from the Blakely Advocacy Institute, adding each law school’s points from 2011 through 2016 to identify the top programs. BAI, a national leader in improving and teaching the art of advocacy, identifies top schools each year for moot court via quality, competition sizes and performance.