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New England Law | Boston’s Colgan Foundation Advocacy and Skills Competitions Program gives students the opportunity to sharpen skills that'll prove invaluable during the duration of their legal careers. Participants learn with and from fellow classmates while presenting arguments, testing approaches, taking risks, and discovering how to succeed in regional and national competitions.
New England Law teams competing in moot court and college mock trial competitions
Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court, Winning Competition Team 2020

Competitors Gain Real-World Skills

New England Law fields strong advocacy and skills teams in an array of legal interest areas, and in recent years we've placed highly in national competitions, claimed first place in Oral Advocacy, and brought home major awards in the Best Advocate, Best Oralist, Top Speaker, and Legal Briefs categories. We take great pride in these triumphs, but the real payoff comes from students’ improved writing and legal skills, which give them distinct advantages in their careers.

Related: Students Gain Intellectual Property Law Experience Outside the Classroom

Advocacy events also introduce students to the legal community and demonstrate their potential to future employers through contact with the practicing attorneys and jurists who coach and judge competitions. 

“I would advise other students to participate on advocacy and skills teams, because it is a great experience,” said Leslie Luna De Lara, Graduate. “It has provided me with knowledge that most lawyers would love to have. It’s an opportunity to perfect our skills and work with professors who truly care about making us better.”

Preparation Leads to Increased Confidence

Professors coach our students for advocacy competitions, taking them through the intense and rewarding advocacy skills trainings that lead to their competitive success. 

Advocacy and Skills Teams

  • ABA Client Counseling Competition
  • ABA Negotiation Competition
  • Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
  • National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
  • National Tax Moot Court Competition
  • National Trial Competition
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
  • Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Competition

Trial advocacy team selection criteria, related course work, and competition availability may vary from year to year. For more information about advocacy teams and moot court/mock trial opportunities at New England Law, please contact us.

About the Program

The opportunities that the program presents are made possible with the help of a generous donation from the Colgan Foundation. In honor of their support, the program was officially renamed The Colgan Foundation Advocacy and Skills Competitions Program in Summer of 2021. 

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