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 still offers an invaluable experience to develop oral and written skills. Members are also eligible to receive academic credit for their involvement on MCHB.

In addition to sending its members to various moot court competitions, the MCHB—in collaboration with the Center for Children and Families—hosts its very own annual national moot court competition in the area of Juvenile Law. The first couple rounds of the competitions are held ever year on the WLS campus with the final round typically held at local courthouse. 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 Institute for Legal Writing holds the Susan G. McGuigan Oral Advocacy Competition near the end of each Legal Writing II course. All semi-finalists in the competition who:

  • make it to the finals and
  • receive a 3.0 or higher in their Legal Writing I and II 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 who have completed Legal Writing I and II have a chance to gain membership onto the MCHB provided that they are in good academic standing. Students who are invited to join will be eligible to receive an academic unit for their efforts during the competition.