December 9, 2008

The 28 national finalists for the National Moot Court Competition

Congratulations to the schools that will make up the 28 teams to compete for the national title in New York at the National Moot Court Competition February 2-5. The NMC is the oldest, and arguably the most prestigious, moot court competition in the country (Catholic University's Sutherland Cup, which was started the same year as the NMC, claims to be the oldest, but it has traditionally been an invitational and allows just eight teams to enter).

I haven't done the math in previous years, but this year's ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition may mark the first time the NMC loses the crown of the largest competition in terms of teams competing. 2009's NAAC will have 192 teams from 111 schools; the NMC has 187 teams from 126 schools. Still, the NMC--while just five back in total teams--features participation from 15 more U.S. law schools. And it must be pointed out that the NAAC allows each school to enter two teams (and this year, allowed some schools to enter three teams), while the NMC defers to the regional sponsors as to whether their own schools may enter two teams. Just 7 of the 14 regions allow it, and I have to believe that if all 14 regions permitted two teams from each school, the NMC would easily surpass 200 teams.

Anyway, without further ado, the two advancing teams from each region (along with how many teams and schools competed in that region):

Region 1 (9 teams/9 schools):
Suffolk University Law School
Syracuse University College of Law

Region 2 (12 teams/12 schools):
Brooklyn Law School
Fordham University School of Law

Region 3 (7 teams/7 schools):
George Washington University Law School
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Region 4 (20 teams/11 schools):
Duke University School of Law
William & Mary School of Law

Region 5 (11 teams/11 schools):
Emory University School of Law
Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law

Region 6 (18 teams/9 schools):
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Region 7 (11 teams/11 schools):
Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law

Region 8 (15 teams/10 schools):
Chicago-Kent College of Law
Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Region 9 (16 teams/8 schools):
University of Kansas School of Law
Saint Louis University School of Law

Region 10 (8 teams/8 schools):
Baylor Law School
South Texas College of Law

Region 11 (12 teams/6 schools):
University of Colorado Law School
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Region 12 (21 teams/11 schools):
UC Berkeley School of Law
Stanford Law School

Region 13 (12 teams/6 schools):
Gonzaga University School of Law
Seattle University School of Law

Region 14 (14 teams/7 schools):
Drake University Law School
University of Minnesota Law School


Daniel said...

I just want to say that I coach mock trial and I really like your blog. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

Any word on the results of the first round or where I can get those results? Thanks

Anonymous said...

Where can I get the results from the first round? When will they be available?

Robert T. Sherwin said...

Unless someone at the competition feeds me results or posts elsewhere, there's no way to know what's going on until they webcast the final round. Sucks, I know...