Washburn Moot Court Council President Explains Benefits of Membership

The Washburn University School of Law’s Moot Court Council is currently holding tryouts for the 2013-2014 team. President, Joshua Conway (3L), speaks of the benefits of joining the team. You can learn more about Moot Court from the moot court website.

I was invited to the Washburn Moot Court Council on Oral Advocacy after competing in tryouts the fall of my 2L year. No other student organization or academic team at Washburn does a better job of combining fun with academics. If you like to travel and have a competitive attitude, membership on the Moot Court Council is what you are looking for.

Membership on the Washburn Moot Court Council looks great on a resume, and for good reason. Members improve their writing and oral advocacy skills by both writing appellate court briefs that are graded against briefs written by students from across the country, and travelling to competitions to engage in oral arguments on the written briefs. The experience gained writing and practicing oral advocacy skills makes Moot Court Council members attractive to employers and more competitive for judicial clerkships.

Members travel all around the country to compete in numerous areas of law. Last year, I attended a moot competition in Denver, Colorado, in International Law, and another in Madison, Wisconsin, to compete in Constitutional Law. Other team members travelled to competitions in places like Raleigh, North Carolina, and Newark, New Jersey, just to name a few.

Professor Jeffrey Jackson is the faculty advisor for the Washburn Moot Court Council. Under his direction, Washburn University School of Law has become a force on the Moot Court circuit. The Moot Court Council is currently holding tryouts for 2nd and 3rd year law students who wish to improve their writing and oral advocacy skills. Come see what the excitement is all about! For more information on tryouts, please join the 2013 Moot Court Council TWEN page.

Joshua M. Conway
President, Washburn Moot Court Council