Learning Through Action
Students compete in moot court competitions to develop skills in appellate brief writing and oral argument, and gain valuable trial practice experience. The Dean's Fund and endowments provide financial assistance to support student participation in these competitions. Colorado Law teams have consistently been extremely competitive in their competitions. Students may earn academic credit for their participation. Selection of teams varies by competition and from year to year, depending on student interest. The competition program is managed by a select group of students comprising the Barristers' Council and is overseen by the Director of Experiential Learning. Barristers' Council selects competitions, provides opportunities for various specialty legal interests and provides interested 3Ls leadership opportunities.
Students seeking credit for participation in external mock trial competitions are required to prepare for such competition by completing law school courses in Evidence (three hours) and Trial Advocacy (two hours). Completion of Intersession Trial Advocacy satisfies the second requirement, as does completion of any other law school course called Trial Advocacy. Completion of the five-hour course Evidence and Trial Practice satisfies both requirements.
Colorado Law Internal Competitions
Transactional and Non-Traditional Try-Outs: Competitions are not just for litigators at Colorado Law. Students interested in transactional law compete internally to represent Colorado Law on Barristers’ Council and in various competitions that involve business law, negotiations, client counseling and/or other non-litigation legal fields.
State and National Competitions
Please see below for some of the Moot Court & Mock Trial Competitions that Colorado Law students have participated in over the years.