Moot Court maintains top national billing

Florida Coastal School of Law is known around the world for its many strengths, but perhaps none so distinctive as its success in Moot Court. For years recognized as one of the strongest and winningest advocacy programs in the country, Coastal Law’s Moot Court program maintained a national first place standing throughout the spring and fall semesters, and reached top-four status at the Moot Court National Championship in February 2012.

“Florida Coastal School of Law is one of the strongest — and most diverse — programs in the country,” said Professor Sander Moody, faculty advisor for the Moot Court Honor Board. “And it starts and ends with our students’ hard work.”

Each year the Moot Court National Championship invites the top 16 schools in the country to participate. And while law schools at Columbia University, Duke University, George Washington University and the University of Texas create a competitive field, Coastal Law has ranked in the final four of the competition for the past two years.

The national championship is one of a number of national competitions in which the school participates throughout the year. Florida Coastal School of Law students, Moody said, command the respect of student peers around the country. “It’s rewarding because our students are treated like royalty — they come in to the competitions with a tremendous history of success,” he said.

Consistent with the National Championship success, Florida Coastal’s performances at two other national competitions shine additional light on the school’s impressive moot court program. Teams from Coastal Law won the Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition’s Southeast Regional championship title in January, and later outpaced 150 competing teams to claim top honors at Nationals.

Last September, the team also won the National Latino Law Students Association Moot Court competition in New Orleans.

“Diversity is a core value at the law school,” Moody said. “And the success in these competitions shows that the law school is committed to it.”