WMU-Cooley Competitions

Competing on a Global Level

WMU-Cooley students can choose to hone their skills in competitions against other WMU-Cooley students and, and if selected, represent WMU-Cooley against students from other law schools. WMU-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. WMU-Cooley teams have been successful against some of the top-rated schools in the country in all aspects of skills competitions. In 2015, WMU-Cooley Law students Elizabeth and Bryan Devolder took first place at the American Bar Association (ABA) Law Student Division Client Counseling and were named National Champions and went on to make WMU-Cooley proud in the International Competition. 

WMU-Cooley Competition Team Winners Elizabeth and Bryan Devolder

Moot Court

WMU-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.

  • First-Year Competition
  • Intra-School Moot Court Competition

Mock Trial

Since 2005, WMU-Cooley’s mock trial program has grown into one of the largest and most well-respected student organizations on WMU-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.

  • First-Year Competition
  • Evidence Competition
  • Intra-School Competition
  • Invitational Trial Competition
  • National Mock Trial Teams

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.

  • Client Counseling Competitions
  • Negotiation Competitions
  • Mediation Competition


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