Legal skills competitions are an important method of developing and practicing a wide variety of legal skills, including negotiation, trial advocacy, and appellate advocacy. The College of Law has specific bylaws governing student participation in these competitions.
A variety of legal skills competitions exist, and the college, through its Legal Skills Competition Board, encourages interested and eligible students to participate in local, regional, and national competitions.
Each year, the College of Law authorizes student teams to participate in the following competitions:
From year to year, the College of Law also authorizes teams of students on a one-time basis to participate in other Legal Skills Competitions. In recent years, teams have participated in the Transactional LawMeet, the National Animal Law Competitions, and Tulane University Law School's Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational Competition.
Students interested in participating in a competition other than one of the "established" competitions must first seek approval from the Legal Skills Competition Board by submitting an application to the Board no later than 60 days before the first competition deadline. The burden is on the applicant to establish that the competition meets all requirements set forth in the links below. If the Board approves participation, the applicants and coach must apply to the Dean for funding or for approval of any fundraising efforts.
Please see the relevant section of the College of Law bylaws for more detail.