Advocacy and Skills Teams
“We have a combined total of more than 50 years of trial experience among our coaching staff—including extensive work in capital cases. Private law firms would pay top dollar for the kind of training we give our competition teams.” —Professor Victor M. Hansen
New England Law | Boston sponsors several teams that compete in regional and national advocacy events. Team membership is generally open to upper-level students, and coaching sessions are conducted several times a week in the run up to a moot competition. Students spend countless hours presenting arguments, testing approaches, taking risks, and discovering what works for them in a mock trial.
Participation in these events also provides an invaluable introduction to the legal community through contact with the practicing attorneys and jurists who adjudicate competitions, making it a great way for students to demonstrate their potential to future employers.
This rigorous training pays off in moot court competitions and prepares students for the challenges of real-world legal work.
- Students put their advocacy skills to the test in an in-house Client Counseling Competition (CCC) open to all class years. In 2018, team members Elizabeth O’Neil and Luella Wong, both 2L evening students, took first place honors in the regional competition. Coach: Academic Excellence Professor Lisa Freudenheim
- The Negotiation Team vaulted to the national level in only its second year of existence. Coach: Academic Excellence Professor Robert Coulthard
Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
- Open to members of the Black Law Students Association, this competition examines legal issues particularly relevant to the African American community. Coach: Clinical Law Professor Caryn Mitchell-Munevar
Basic minimum requirements to apply for the team include that the applicant has at least a 3.2 GPA, has taken public international law, and is able to work the 10-25 hours per week from September through February necessary to prepare for the competition. Please note: availability may vary from year to year, as teams are formed only when a sufficient number of students qualify during the “try-out” period. Coaches: Associate Professor Lisa Laplante and Dina Francesca Haynes
- A New England Law student recently received a Top Speaker Award in this competition, the nation's oldest, with more than 70 teams competing annually. New England Law has fielded a team almost every year for the past two decades, and a number of students have been recognized for their outstanding oral advocacy. Coach: Professor Peter Manus
- New England Law has been a perennial contender in the prestigious competition, having won eight brief awards since 1994 and consistently placing at the team and individual level. Coach: Professor Kent Schenkel
Quinnipiac University School of Law/ABA Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition
- In 2018 New England Law was recognized for individual accomplishment in two areas: Rachael Bandeira (3L) won the competition award for the best direct examination and Jennifer Vera (2L) won the award for best cross-examination. Coaches: Professor Hon. Barbara Dortch-Okara, Professor Victor Hansen, and Tyler Ence (alumnus coach)
The 2018 trademark moot court team, made up of Caitlin Clifford (2L) and Erin Connors (3L), flew down to Brooklyn to represent the school in a simulated trademark lawsuit. Coach: Professor Peter Karol