What is Mock Trial?
The Coastal Law Mock Trial Team consists of an elite group of law students trained in the art of trial-level litigation. Each year, Team members represent Coastal Law in competitions with students from law schools across the Nation. At these competitions, Team members present cases before judge and jury. Cases encompass a wide range of topics in both the civil and criminal arena. Case topics have included insurance fraud, homicide, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and wrongful death.
Many students compete for acceptance onto the Team, but only the outstanding advocates are selected. An invitation to join the Team is based on an evaluation of the student’s ability and talent, and is extended on behalf of the sitting Executive Board and Team Faculty Advisor.
New members enter a rigorous training program designed to teach proper courtroom demeanor, hone their presentation abilities, and sharpen their legal reasoning skills. The process includes seminars, practice trials, and an intramural competition.
What is Moot Court?
For over a decade, the Florida Coastal Moot Court Honor Board has been one of the most successful law school advocacy programs in the nation, and is currently ranked #1 in Florida and #14 in the nation.
The Moot Court Honor Board is a student organization comprised of 2L and 3L students who travel locally, nationally, and internationally to compete at the highest levels of appellate advocacy. Moot Court provides an experience similar to that of actual appellate attorneys. Students prepare written briefs and make oral arguments, learning the very best techniques in legal research and writing, analyzing case law, developing arguments, and sharpening critical thinking. The Honor Board provides a culture of familial support, hard work, determination, and excellence at oral argument and brief writing.
The Honor Board has open tryouts for second semester 1L fall-admit students each spring through Internal Competition, along with a summer competition tryout for 1L spring-admits. If you have a strong desire to establish yourself as an oral advocate, brief writer, student leader, and professional, the Honor Board wants someone like you.