William & Mary Law School’s Moot Court team is ranked seventh in the nation, moving up two spots from a year ago, according to new data compiled by the University of Houston Law Center. Go to the rankings.
This is the team’s highest finish to date and has earned them their fourth invitation to the Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship in a row.
“From national tournaments to regionals, the various teams worked hard and competed with great finesse,” said Jennifer R. Franklin, Professor of the Practice of Law and the Moot Court Program's faculty advisor. “I am extremely proud of our team and very optimistic about next year’s season.”
Competing members of the team this past academic year included 24 returning 3L members and 18 new 2L members. In the spring semester, the team welcomed 24 new members.
Since last fall, the Moot Court team sent 22 different teams to 16 different tournaments. Three of those teams advanced from regional competitions to the national rounds.
Franklin also gives praise to those who are firmly in the team’s corner.
“We have had an overwhelming number of alumni from all over the country who volunteer to help moot and support our teams,” Franklin said. “These alumni donated hundreds of hours of time to our students.”
Besides competing in other venues, the team worked diligently at home, holding its annual Bushrod Competition, where 32 1Ls and five 2Ls submitted responses to a writing prompt and competed to secure a spot on the team.
The Moot Court team also hosted the 50th Annual William B. Spong, Jr. Tournament, which was notable for being the team’s first virtual and largest ever tournament with 50 teams from other law schools competing.
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