Moot Court Board
The Moot Court Board at the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law organizes and oversees more than twenty moot court competitions each year. Competition provides students the opportunity to practice traditional appellate advocacy, mock trial, and alternative dispute resolution skills. Students compete in two prestigious internal competitions in additional to external competitions across the country and abroad.
The Moot Court Board’s annual Pirtle-Washer Oral Advocacy Competition was established in the early 1960’s and brings members of Kentucky’s judiciary, distinguished alumni, and Moot Court Board supporters back to the law school each year. Champions of the Pirtle-Washer Competition are awarded $1,000 and their name is engraved alongside the names of more than forty-years of Pirtle-Washer champions in the lobby of the law school. Additionally, the First-Year Oral Advocacy Competition provides first-year students a special opportunity to practice their oral advocacy skills before panels of U.S. Court of Appeals Judges and Kentucky Appellate, Circuit, and District Court Judges. The champion receives both a monetary award and recognition at the Brandeis School of Law Awards Ceremony.
Faculty advisors and Louisville attorneys work closely with students competing in external competitions. These students compete internationally in Ottawa, Canada; Vienna, Austria; and Oxford, England. Students also travel across the country to Los Angeles, California; St. Petersburg, Florida; Atlanta, Georgia; Carbondale, Illinois; New Orleans, Louisiana; Boston, Massachusetts; Lansing, Michigan; New York, New York; Houston, Texas; Richmond, Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Morgantown, West Virginia.