All competitors argue “on brief” the first night of the competition and then “off brief” the second night. Twelve 2L students move on to the Semi-Final rounds and then the top six 2Ls will advance to the Final Rounds to present their arguments before a panel made of current and former Missouri Supreme Court Justices in Jefferson City, Missouri. At the conclusion of the Final Rounds, the Justices will announce the Top 2L Oral Advocate and the Top 2L Appellate Brief. All 2L Finalists will become the University of Missouri’s Moot Court Team and be required to enroll in the Moot Court class with the Board of Advocates faculty advisor.
3Ls do not advance to the Semi-Finals or Finals. However, awards are presented for Top 3L Oral Advocate and Top 3L Appellate Brief.
Students participating in the Polsinelli Fall Moot Court will receive one credit hour graded as pass/fail. Students can participate in this competition in both their 2L and 3L year, earning them a total of two credit hours overall.
2016 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition Dates
August 22nd through August 25th
Volunteer to serve as a judge and receive CLE credit. Click on the link for more information http://law.missouri.edu/boa/get-involved/judging-and-cle-credit/
Congratulations to the 2016 Polsinelli Moot Court Winners for: Best Oral Advocate Alana Caruso Best 2L Brief Alana Caruso Best 3L Brief Christopher Hammread more
Congratulations to the 2015 Polsinelli Moot Court Winners for: Best Oral Advocate Theresa Mullineaux Best 2L Brief Ali Baumhoer Best 3L Brief Suzanne Speckerread more
Upcoming Opportunity: 2015 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition On behalf of the Mizzou Law Board of Advocates, we invite you to serve as a judge in the 2015 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition. The competition will take place Monday, August 24th through Wednesday, August 26th, and you may choose to join us for one, two, or all three evenings. Judges will be awarded 4.2 hours of general CLE credit per night. On each night of the competition, judges should plan to arrive by 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a complimentary dinner and brief judges’ meeting, followed by the competition from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Open to 2L and 3L students, the Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition simulates the steps involved in the appellate process. Students write a brief on a given problem over the summer and then present their arguments during the competition. Lawyers from around the community will serve as the appellate judges, critiquing the participants and offering constructive feedback. Each student will compete at least twice, arguing once on-brief and once off-brief. After the second round, the top 12 advocates will compete in the semi-final round on Wednesday, August 24th. The top 6 advocates will advance to the final round on September 2nd and will present their arguments in Jefferson City before a panel comprised of current and former Missouri Supreme Court Judges. At the conclusion of the final round, a Top Oral Advocate and a Top Appellate Brief will be chosen. Additionally, all finalists will become members of the University of Missouri’s Moot Court Team. Volunteer judges provide an invaluable service to the Board of Advocates, both in the administration of competitions and, more importantly, in the development of the next generation of legal advocates. Volunteers from all over the legal spectrum draw upon a diverse range of knowledge and expertise, offering participants an eclectic insight into advocacy. The Board of Advocates is deeply grateful for the strong network of local attorneys and alumni willing to serve the organization and the students of Mizzou Law. If you are interested in serving as a judge for the Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition, please visit the following link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C094AA4A82AA2FD0-2015 (If you cannot click on the link, please copy and paste it into your...read more
The Board of Advocates Congratulates the 2013 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition Winners: Best Oral Advocate Nate Dunville Best 2L Brief Tyler Dunn Best 3L Brief Patty Yangread more
The Board of Advocates Congratulates the Finalists of the 2013 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition: Tyler Dunn, Nate Dunville, Elizabeth Kiesewetter, Miranda Loesch, Keith Starr, Kaeanna Wood.read more
The Board of Advocates Congratulates the Semi-Finalists of the 2013 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition: Contessa Brundridge Peter Bruntrager Andrew Crane Tyler Dunn Nate Dunville Neil Jackson Elizabeth Kiesewetter Miranda Loesch Keith Starr Cara Stuckel Jonathan Whitfield Kaeanna...read more
Each participant will advocate for each side of the issue. The semi-final round will be on Wednesday, August 21, 2013. The final round will occur at the Missouri Supreme Court on Thursday, August 24, 2013. The top six rising 2Ls will travel to Jefferson City to compete and must remain throughout the entire evening of the competition, approximately 6:30PM-10:30PM. If you have any questions or for more information contact one of the competition’s directors: Scott Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org Liz Grondalski,...read more
The Board of Advocates invites you to mark your calendar for the following competitions at the University of Missouri School of Law for the 2013-2014 school year: Polsinelli Fall Moot Court – Monday, August 19 through Wednesday, August 21 Mock Trial – Saturday, September 14 and Sunday, September 15 Transactional Law Competition – Friday, September 27 Negotiation – Tuesday, October 1 through Thursday, October 3 Client Counseling – Monday, October 28 through Wednesday, October 30 Mediation – Saturday, January 25 through Sunday, January 26 BOA encourages all law students to participate in competitions to develop oral advocacy and legal writing skills through practical experience. For more information on any of the above competitions, use the hyperlinks to navigate to each competition’s...read more
The Board of Advocates would like to congratulate the following students for their success in the 2012 Polsinelli Shughart Fall Moot Court: Best 3L Brief: Stan Musgrave Top 3L Oral Advocate: Stan Musgrave Best 2L Brief: Jeremiah Nixon Top 2L Oral Advocate: Larry Lambert Congratulations to these students and all those who participated in the 2012 Polsinelli Shughart Fall Moot Court!read more
The Board of Advocates congratulates the Finalists of the 2012 Polsinelli Shughart Fall Moot Court: Elizabeth Grondalski Elizabeth Judy Larry Lambert Arsenio Mims Jeremiah Nixon Scott Sergent Best of luck to all of you! Tomorrow’s Final Round will be held at the Missouri Supreme Court Building in Jefferson City, starting at 7:00PM.read more