2017 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS OF COLOR MOOT COURT COMPETITION
Presented by the Black Law Students Association at the University at Buffalo School of Law, Saturday, November 4th, 2017
The 2017 Undergraduate Students of Color (“SOC”) Moot Court Competition program originated as part of a diversity initiative established by 2011-2012 New York State Bar Association President Vincent E. Doyle, III; and 2011-2012 Commercial & Federal Litigation Section Chair David Tennant, to help increase the number of students of color interested in attending law school. Undergraduate students are given the opportunity to meet and interact with
law students, lawyers, and judges, while also providing them with a fun and engaging means of participating in a law-related oral-advocacy competition. All participating teams will have the chance to win scholarship prize money. The 2017 SOC Moot Court Competition is hosted by the
University at Buffalo School of Law Chapter of the National Black Law Students Association (“UB BLSA”), and will be held on the morning of Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the University at Buffalo School of Law. Student-competitors do not need to be a pre-law or criminal justice major in order to participate in the SOC Moot Court Competition. In fact, we strongly encourage students from all academic disciplines to apply to participate.
A total of 16 students will be paired in teams of two and matched with a local attorney who will serve as their competition coach. The teams will also be assigned to a past or present member of UB BLSA, whom will serve as their Competition Advisor. Furthermore, UB BLSA will host a workshop for competitors to prepare them for oral arguments and instruct them on techniques to use for the SOC Moot Court Competition.
Students are not required to write a brief or conduct significant research in connection with the Competition. The tasks of student competitors include: (1) reviewing a limited amount of information, including lower court decisions, other related precedent, and sample briefs; (2) working with their assigned coaches on argument outlines, issue comprehension, and presentation/argument strategies; (3) rehearsing and honing their arguments with their teammate
and on their own; and (4) appearing on Saturday, November 4th, 2017, to compete, meet law students, law school faculty, local attorneys and judges, show us their oral advocacy skills, and most of all – have fun!
If you are interested in participating in the 2017 SOC Moot Court Competition, please send the attached application cover sheet and a statement of interest (PDF format) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The statement of interest should be 500 words or less expressing the following: (1) why you are interested in participating in the 2017 SOC Moot Court Competition, and (2) how your participation in the 2017 SOC Moot Court Competition will aid in your preparation for law school.
All materials should be received in the UB BLSA email account (email@example.com) by midnight on Friday, September 22, 2017. Students will be notified and teams will be announced before midnight on Sunday, September 24th. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the UB BLSA Chapter President, Donell L. Gibson Jr., at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you and best of luck to you all!