Global Legal Skills Soar with International Moot Court Successes in 2016-17


Moot court success is synonymous with the University of Miami School of Law.

In the 2016-17 academic year, Miami Law students travelled across the globe arguing in some of the most prestigious international moot competitions in English, Spanish and even serving as judges in some cases.

Not only is the law school known for one of the top domestic moot court teams of the decade - having ranked 14th best law school out of all 200 ABA-approved law schools – but its international moot court program is also unmatched. Some international moot highlights include:

International Moot Court Team

International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition, The Hague, Netherlands

6th out of 65 and Best in Americas at The Hague ICC Moot; Miami Law Wins Best Oralist Award

“I am extremely proud of the amazing work our team did, and getting to the semifinals was a great accomplishment,” said Javier Roldan Cora. “I was humbled by being named one of the best oralists, but all the credit goes to the team. I certainly would not have been half as good without them continuing support and drive to make us all better.”

International Moot Court Team


High-Level Spanish Skills Pay Off in Moot Madrid - Best Oralist Honorable Mention Win

“Moot Madrid not only helped me sharpen my analytical skills, it also allowed me to improve my Spanish at such a high-level that I was able to win honorable mention for best oralist in a competition filled with Latin Americans and Spaniards,” said Michael Rodriguez, who recently accepted a summer position with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer in Washington D.C.

International Moot Court Team

International Criminal Court Regional Round for the Americas and Caribbean, NEW YORK

International Moot Team Qualifies for Round at Hague; Student Wins Best Oralist Award

“We had the opportunity to compete against many schools and view the legal issue from many perspectives,” said Leticia Mora. “Overall, I believe this competition allowed me to become a better writer and advocate and I now feel equipped in maneuvering the international criminal law system.”

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, VIENNA

Vis Moot Team Competes from Hong Kong to Vienna - International Commitment Evident

To prepare for the final rounds, students attend several pre-moot competitions: the Fordham Pre-Moot in New York City; the CAM-CCBC Pre-Moot, in São Paulo, Brazil; the Shanghai Pre-Moot in China; the Hanseatic CAM-CCBC Pre-Moot in Hamburg, Germany; and the Graf & Pitkowitz Pre-Moot at the Austrian Supreme Court in Vienna, Austria


Foreign Direct Investment Moot, University of Buenos Aires

Argentina Bound - International Arbitration Students Compete and Judge Investment Moot

"America really is the land of hope and opportunity. The international arbitration field offers a wealth of options," says Nawazish Choudhury. "Arbitration hubs exist all over the world. I could find myself in Dubai, London, or representing European or Middle Eastern clients in South America, where an increasing number of arbitrations are being conducted in English. It's really interesting stuff."

Frank Carrasco

UBA-Rosario Competencia Internacional de Arbitraje, University of Montevideo, Uruguay

Moot en Español - Students Head to Uruguay International Arbitration Competition

“Competing in this competition has brought my whole legal education together,” Frank Carrasco says. “I’ve been able to perfect my Spanish, work on legal reasoning, hone my oral advocacy skills and study law from a civil law perspective. Because of this, in the future, when I represent a client in a cross-border dispute, I’ll be able to confidently look them in the eye and say: ‘Don’t worry, I’ve got this!’”


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