Student Organizations

Moot Court Honors Board

Moot Court Honors Board is a student-run honors organization which provides its members with the opportunity to develop their oral and written appellate advocacy skills. Members compete in many national competitions each year with varied subject matters in cities as close as San Diego and as far away as New York and Chicago.

MCHB is dedicated to helping its members achieve their greatest potential in appellate advocacy with the help from fellow members and distinguished faculty members who act as coaches throughout the competition process. Even for those students who may not want to pursue a career in appellate advocacy, MCHB offers an invaluable experience to develop oral and written skills. Members are also eligible to receive academic credit for their involvement on MCHB. Members who complete two semesters in good standing with MCHB are eligible to graduate with honors.

In addition to sending its members to various moot court competitions, the MCHB—in collaboration with the Center for Children and Families—hosts its own annual national moot court competition in the area of Juvenile Law in the spring semester. The competition has addressed a wide range of issues that affect juveniles and attracts competitors from law schools across the nation. The competition is held at Whittier Law School, with the finals held in the school’s courtroom. For more information on the Juvenile Law competition, visit the competition website or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

1. Grading On To MCHB

The Lawyering Skills Institute holds the Susan G. McGuigan Oral Advocacy Competition near the end of each Lawyering Skills 2 course in the spring semester. All semi-finalists in the competition who:

  • Compete in the semi-final round, and
  • receive a 3.4 cumulative average grade or higher in their Lawyering Skills 1 & 2 classes

may be invited to grade-on to MCHB.

2. Competing On To MCHB*

In addition to those that are invited to grade-on, students also have an opportunity to compete in the MCHB internal Sonnenberg Competition each Fall. All students in good academic standing who have completed Lawyering Skills 1 & 2 are eligible to compete for membership on the MCHB.