Hey guys! A great part of my second year of law school just got finished! I had the opportunity to participate in the 25th Annual McNichols Appellate Advocacy Program.
What does that mean??? McNichols is our school’s intramural moot court competition.
We learn about appellate advocacy, write a brief, and then have a chance to argue both on and off-brief (this means we participate in at least two oral arguments, one for each of the parties in the case, for and against.)
The entire class and program is student-run, and participants have a chance to appear before student judges, faculty and local practitioners, and actual real judges. The two finalists appeared before a distinguished panel of guests, which included judges who traveled from across the United States from the Eighth and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and a state Supreme Court Justice.
I was able to participate in the competition, made it to the final four and really enjoyed myself. I also enjoyed getting to hear my classmates compete and seeing the variety of perspectives that other students brought as they presented their case.
Having a chance to receive feedback from advanced students, faculty judges, local practitioners and area judges was an amazing opportunity, and an experience I will not soon forget. When I first started law school, I had no idea I would have the chance to participate in something like this!
I have found out that the University of Idaho College Of Law offers many opportunities, including Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Dispute Resolution Competitions.
Exciting times in second-year law school….