Moot Court Board
Mississippi College School of Law Moot Court Board Membership requires strong legal research and writing abilities and superior oral advocacy skills. Each fall, in addition to conducting an intra-school appellate competition among the second-year law students, the Board competes in state and national trial and appellate advocacy programs. Historically, the MC Law Moot Court Board has placed high among national competitors, gaining and reinforcing its reputation of excellence in the academic and professional communities. Moreover, the Board annually hosts multiple lectures given by judges and practitioners with experience before the United States Supreme Court as part of its Supreme Court Practice Series.
Mississippi College School of Law’s Moot Court Board is nationally recognized team composed of students who seek to improve both their writing and oral advocacy skills.
Board members are selected each fall through a try-out competition. Second year students are invited to participate in the competition after submitting a brief for the mandatory appellate advocacy class. Through the Copeland, Cook, Taylor, and Bush internal competition, each student presents an oral argument on the issues addressed in the brief to a panel of local judges, attorneys, and faculty members. New Board members are selected based on the combination of their brief score and oral argument score.
Once on the Board, members compete in competitions that take place throughout the year and throughout the United States. Our Board competes in national Moot Court, Trial, and ADR competitions.
About the Director
Vicki Lowery is the faculty advisor for the Moot Court Board and coaches MC Law’s external competition teams. “Coaching the competition teams reminds me what I loved the most about practicing law,” Lowery says. “The cases and clients may be hypothetical, but the challenges and rewards are very real.”
She is a 1998 cum laude graduate of MC Law, and previously a litigator with Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz. In her spare time, Lowery enjoys reading, although she’s usually immersed not in the latest murder mystery, but in an appellate brief.
“This is more than a job; it’s something that I’m emotionally invested in,” Lowery says. “Sometimes at a competition, the students will tell me they’re nervous, and my answer is always, ‘I’m nervous too.’ I’m like the football coach on the sidelines at the big game. Going up against larger law schools with deeper staff and bigger endowments can be intimidating, but I’m proud to say that no matter who the competitor is, our MC Law team is always a serious contender.”
The Moot Court Board of Mississippi College School of Law strives to increase the reputation and prestige of our law school overall, with the twin goals of honing the professional advocacy skills of our members and ensuring increased academic rigor through our focus on superior legal writing skills. The Board also strives to enhance the academic credentials and professionalism of our students and the legal community by fostering interest in the vital advocacy skills required of successful appellate and trial attorneys.