The LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center has been ranked 47th in the nation for the excellence of its moot court program in the annual rankings compiled by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. The Blakely Institute, which hosts the Moot Court National Championship, ranks schools based on the results of the more than 70 different moot court competitions held during the 2010-2011 academic year. The Law Center rose 16 spots in the rankings from last year.
In 2010-2011, the Law Center earned quarterfinals finishes at two advocacy competitions, semi-finals finishes at seven competitions, and finalist (second place) finishes at two competitions. Some notable successes include:
- The Law Center’s National Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition Team advanced out of their regional rounds to an ultimate National Top 8 ranking among the over 120 schools who competed.
- Michael Denton (Class of 2012) received the Honorable George Bundy Smith Award for Oral Advocacy, presented to the top oralist at the Domenick Gabrielli Family Law Moot Court Competition .
- The National Energy and Sustainability Moot Court Competition Team, sponsored by the Law Center’s Mineral Law Institute, took second-place honors at its first competition.
The LSU Law Center has one of the largest trial and appellate advocacy skills programs in the nation, with over twenty-three travelling interschool advocacy competition teams, an extensive roster of internal competitions, and a broad array of skills courses and intensive workshops.