Cooley students can choose to hone their skills in competitions against other Cooley students and, and if selected, to represent Cooley against students from other law schools. Cooley faculty coach the travel teams and accompany them across the country as students compete on skills including client counseling, negotiation, trials, and appellate advocacy.

Cooley teams have been successful against some of the top-rated schools in the country in all aspects of skills competitions – recently winning the national ABA Client Counseling Competition, the region’s ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition, and Best Brief at the Jessup Law International Super regional.

Moot Court

Cooley's moot court teams learn the necessary skills needed to be successful litigators. Students learn public speaking skills, gain the confidence and ability to think on their feet, and come away with the knowledge and understanding of appellate court practice. It is these qualities and skills that make the moot court experience invaluable to students and their employers.

Mock Trial

Since 2005, Cooley’s mock trial program has grown into one of the largest and well respected student organizations on Cooley’s campuses. With the support and assistance of the adjunct and full-time faculty, the Mock Trial Board is able to reach many students with extensive training in trial advocacy, providing them with opportunities to compete on the intra-school and national level.

Practice Skills Competitions

Cooley does not limit participation in competitions to Mock Trial and Moot Court. Cooley students participate in practice based skills competitions such as client counseling, negotiation and mediation.

Competition News


ABA Client Counseling Competition National Champions: WMU-Cooley Law School students Elizabeth and Bryan Devolder.

Elizabeth and Bryan Devolder took first place at the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division Client Counseling Competition National Finals on March 14, and were named National Champions.

The Devolders, a husband and wife team who attend Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus, will move on to compete at the Louis M. Brown and Forrest S. Mosten International Client Consultation Competition in April, representing all U.S. law schools in this international competition.

3/17/15 - WMU-Cooley Team Wins National ABA Competition

3/13/15 - Students Develop Legal Skills Through Mock Trial Competition

2/11/15 - Students Gain Courtroom Experience in Mock Trial Competition

7/7/14 - Tampa Campus Students Participate in Moot Court Competition

3/5/13 - Cooley Team Takes Fifth in Nation at ABA Negotiation Competition

2/26/13 - Cooley Team Finishes 1st in the Region; Heads to National Competition

11/28/12 - Cooley Team Finishes Second in the National Trial Advocacy Competition

6/22/12 - Cooley Students Awarded at the State Bar of Michigan's Annual Tax Conference

2/08/12 - Cooley Students Excel at National Moot Court Competition

12/7/11 - Students Excel in National Moot Court Competition

12/5/11 - Auburn Hills Team Advances to ABA National Negotiation Competition

11/16/11 - Students Excel in Negotiation Competition

4/4/11 - Cooley National Champions Prepare for International Client Counseling Competition

3/31/11 - Pep Rally for National Champions

3/17/11 - Cooley Law School Student Wins Best Overall Advocate Award In Regional Moot Court Competition

3/15/11 - Cooley Team Wins Nationals at ABA's Client Counseling Competition

4/13/10 - Cooley Team Brings Home Trophies from National Competition

3/25/10 - Cooley Law School Client Counseling Team Places 3rd in the U.S.

3/24/10 - Cooley Teams Find Success at Moot Court Regional in California

3/10/10 - Cooley Law School Team Goes Undefeated in Regional Rounds of the National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Advances to National Finals

5/1/09 - Cooley Tax Competition Winners Named

3/17/09 - Cooley Law Team Edges Out 143 Competitors In National Client Counseling Competition

Clinical Programs

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