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Commencement 2012

Fast Facts

Our Pro Bono Collaborative mobilizes Rhode Island law firms, law students and community organizations to provide desperately needed legal assistance for the underserved residents of the state.  The unique program includes 10 major law firms, over 20 community-based organizations and several dozen law students.

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Moot Court Board

The Roger Williams School of Law Moot Court Board is a student-run organization dedicated to developing and promoting exceptional appellate advocacy skills. Moot Court therefore presents numerous opportunities for Board members to develop and hone their appellate advocacy skills. For instance, many Board members participate in national, interschool appellate advocacy competitions, which require appellate brief writing and oral argument.

Additionally, the Board strives to bring the world of appellate advocacy to its fellow law students. In the past, Moot Court has hosted guest speakers, lecture series, and sponsored visits to local courts to observe oral arguments. Also within the law school, the Board runs the newly-created One-L Moot Court Competition, which gives first year students the chance to develop their advocacy skills before participating in the official Moot Court Competition the following semester. The Board is consistently developing its outreach program to take advantage of the Law School’s close connection with the local appellate advocacy bar.

Most notably, Moot Court organizes and administers the annual Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. This prestigious Competition is the means by which prospective Board members are chosen. Second-year students enter the competition by completing an appellate brief on a legal issue designed by the Moot Court Board, and then compete against one another in a series of oral arguments. The final students argue at the Rhode Island Supreme Court, before the Court itself.

Questions about Moot Court? Drop a note to mootcourt@barrister.rwu.edu.