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, Jenny Adams at

Client Counseling

About Client Counseling

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.

We also thank our generous sponsor Davis Miles McGuire Gardner, PLLC, an incredible local firm which supports this competition every year!

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2018 Competition Dates


  • Info Session: Tuesday, September 4th at 12:15pm (Room 240)
  • Sign-ups Open: Info Session until Tuesday, September 11th at 11:59pm
  • Problem Release: Wednesday September 12th
  • Preliminary Rounds: Monday September 17th and Tuesday September 18th (More info »)
  • Final Rounds: Thursday, September 20th (More info »)


About Jenckes

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!

We also thank our sponsor, Jones, Skelton, and Hochuli, for their generous support during this competition!

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2018 Competition Dates – SIGN UP HERE:

  • Info Session / Sign-ups Open: Tuesday, September 25th at 12:15pm (Room 250) (
  • Sign-ups Close: Tuesday October 9th (or after 30 teams sign-up)
  • Problem Release: No later than Sunday October 14th
  • Preliminary Rounds: Monday, October 22nd – Tuesday, October 23rd (More info »)
  • Final Rounds: Thursday, October 25th (More info »)
  • Jenckes Cup: Friday, November 9th (More info ») This is the finals round against UofA!

Spritzer Oral Argument

About Spritzer

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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2019 Competition Dates – SIGN UP HERE:

  • Info Session / Sign-ups Open: Thursday, January 17 (More info »)
  • Sign-ups Close: Thursday, January 24
  • Problem Release: Thursday, January 24 at midnight
  • Preliminary Rounds: Monday, February 4 and Tuesday, February 5
  • Final Rounds: Thursday, February 7


About Oplinger-Blake

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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2019 Competition Dates