Moot Court & Trial Advocacy
Lawyering skills and professionalism are emphasized from the very outset of your career at Toledo Law. And the opportunities to gain real world legal skills just keep increasing after your 1L year.
Many students participate in one of our clinics – all housed in the Law Center in a newly renovated space.
Students seeking litigation experience and skills can also join the Trial Advocacy or Moot Court Teams. And all students are encouraged to participate in the Charles W. Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition during their time at the College of Law.
Trial Advocacy Team
As members of the Trial Advocacy Team, students prepare and compete in mock trial competitions against law schools across the country.
At competition, teams litigate as either plaintiff or defense counsel. Students gain exposure to every facet of a trial — they argue pretrial motions and evidentiary issues, deliver opening and closing arguments, and perform direct and cross examinations of witnesses. A sitting judge presides and a jury of practicing attorneys assesses the performance.
Contact Associate Dean Kilbert.
The Moot Court Program gives upper-level students the opportunity to practice their written and oral advocacy skills in mock appeals cases.
Students travel to competitions nationwide to test their skills against other law school teams. The Moot Court Program includes teams devoted to labor law, constitutional law, intellectual property law, business law, environmental law, and international law.
Contact Professor Lesa Byrnes.
Charles W. Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition
The annual Charles W. Fornoff Appellate Advocacy Competition is a rite of passage for many of our students. The competition begins in the spring of a student’s first year and continues into the following fall semester.
The double-elimination tournament culminates with a final round held each fall in an auditorium packed with faculty, family members, and peers. The final panel of judges typically includes federal judges and state Supreme Court justices.
Contact Assistant Dean O'Connell.