The University of Montana School of Law sponsors several competition teams selected by a competitive process. Montana is a consistent contender both regionally and nationally. As one of the smallest law schools in the nation, we are proud of our teams' outstanding performance in interscholastic competitions. We owe our success to the dedication of our coaches, the quality of our students, and our unique curriculum.
The University of Montana School of Law is grateful to Cliff Edwards and other generous donors for the support of these competition teams.
ABA Client Counseling Competition
Students meet with mock clients, and are intensively evaluated on skills in interpersonal (verbal and non-verbal) communication, questioning, issue-spotting, legal analysis, problem-solving, and professionalism.
ABA Mediation Competition Team
Students train to intervene and resolve disputes out-of-court through alternative dispute resolution (ADR), problem-solving, and conflict management from a multidisciplinary perspective.
ABA Negotiations Competition
The Negotiations Team encourages interest-based negotiation as an alternative dispute resolution mechanism.
Jessup International Moot Court
The Jessup Competition involves a dispute between two fictional countries that typically raises “cutting edge” international law issues yet to be decided by the actual Court, often involving human rights and environmental law.
National Moot Court Competition
National Moot Court involves briefing and arguing a case, generally concerning statutory or constitutional issues, in the United States Supreme Court.
National Trial Competition - American College of Trial Lawyers
The UM National Trial Competition Team competes in the National Trial Competition sponsored by The American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.
NALSA National Moot Court Competition
Two-person teams argue cases on topics chosen from among a variety of legal issues involving Native American rights and concerns.