Internal ASU Competitions

Our internal competitions are held throughout the academic year and all law students are eligible to compete. Participating in Moot Court is a great way to practice advocacy skills, whether as a 1L, 2L, or 3L. Moot Court is especially great preparation for first-year students, as they will have graded oral aguments in their legal advocacy class. Each competition is held on three weekday evenings (two days for the preliminary round and one for finals). In the preliminary rounds, competitors need only show up for their assigned time slot. For more information on internal competitions contact the internal competitions chair, Blake Dunham at


Client Counseling                                                                          September 1st, 12th, 13th, and 15th, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Alan Matheson Client Counseling Winners!

1st: Andres Chagolla III
2nd: Lisa Papsin
3rd: Lucas Bennett
4th: Kenneth Ward

The Moot Court Board would like to thank our sponsors at Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, our client Jordan Willette, our timer Kristen Shortley, and our Board Members for making this happen!

Scoring Sheets with judge comments will be available next week! Details TBA.

The Client Counseling Competition is a great introduction to the Moot Court Program. It is designed to assist students in perfecting the interviewing, counseling, and communication skills necessary in the practice of law. Each competitor acts as an attorney interviewing a new client, while judges observe the interaction and provide the student with feedback after the interview. Client Counseling is the first competition held during the school year. Very little preparation is required, and historically a 1L has often won. 

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Jenckes                                                       October 8th, 17th, 18th, and 20th; and November 18th, 2016

2016 Jenckes Closing Argument Winners Are:

1st:   Andrew Alvarado & Lisa Papsin
2nd: Ali Kirk and Steven Garman
3rd:  Justin Larson & Matthew Vanbenschoten
Congratulations! To all other finalists, excellent closings!

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The Jenckes Closing Argument Competition is an annual competition between the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and the James E. Rogers College of Law at U of A. Students prepare and present a closing argument based on a closed case file.

This competition is a great way to develop public speaking and critical evaluation skills. In addition to practicing these skills, you can get feedback from experienced practicing attorneys who judge the competition, and you can win MONEY, AWARDS, and you and your teammate can move on to represent ASU against U of A for the coveted Jenckes Cup!


Info Session/Sign-Ups Open: Monday, September 26
Sign-Ups Close:
 Saturday, Oct. 8
Problem Release:
 Sunday, Oct 9
Prelims: Mon./Tues, Oct 17/18
 Thurs. Oct. 20
Jenckes Cup:
 Nov. 18


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Spritzer Oral Argument                                                               January 12th, 31st,  February 1st, and 3rd, 2017

The Oral Argument Competition is held early in the spring semester and is a chance for students to hone their appellate oral argument skills. Many first-year students use this competition to prepare for the graded oral argument in their spring semester writing classes. Participants are provided with materials with which to prepare their argument. The competition is designed to test the participant’s preparation and ability to quickly and articulately answer spontaneous questions from the judging panel. The winner and runner up traditionally have received monetary prizes. 

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Oplinger                                                                                             February 28th, March 21st, 22nd, and 24th, 2017

The Oplinger Competition is a closing-argument competition prepared from a closed case file, and is sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel. The competition is held in the spring and the three winners receive monetary prizes. 

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Mediation                                                                                         TBD

This competition is not counted as one of the four intraschool competitions. It does have an intraschool aspect designed to select teams for an external competition. The winners of the intraschool competition have the opportunity to compete regionally as a team. ASU has a long history of doing well in this competition, frequently winning the regional competition and placing among the top teams nationally.