Chicago-Kent ranked second in U.S. for appellate advocacy for 2017-18

Friday, May 4, 2018

For the second time in three years, Chicago-Kent's appellate advocacy program has been ranked second in the country by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. 

Glass cases with trophies from appellate advocacy competitions
Trophy cases for Chicago-Kent's formidable advocacy programs are on display on the first floor of the law school building.

The Blakely Advocacy Institute's annual rankings are based on competition results from the preceding academic year. The rankings are used to set the 16-school field for the University of Houston's prestigious Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship invitational. Chicago-Kent will compete in the 11th annual Andrews Kurth Championship in January 2019. Chicago-Kent is one of only two schools to have qualified for and argued in this tournament every year since its inception.

"It is always an honor for our students to perform at the high level required to earn their way into the Moot Court National Championship," said Professor Kent Streseman, director of Chicago-Kent's Ilana Diamond Rovner Program in Appellate Advocacy. "We compete alongside many strong law schools that take advocacy seriously; that our students are able to rank consistently among the very best speaks volumes about their hard work and commitment to excellence."

During the 2017-18 academic year, Chicago-Kent moot court teams won two national and regional championships, three best-brief awards, and three first-place oral advocacy awards. Additionally, Chicago-Kent moot court teams placed second in three competitions, finished as semifinalists in nine competitions, earned four second-place oral advocacy awards, and won three second- and third-place brief awards. 

More than 50 students participate each year in Chicago-Kent's Ilana Diamond Rovner Program in Appellate Advocacy.
 

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