Pre-Law and Moot Court

The pre-law program housed in the Department of Political Science prepares students for the law school application process and future success in law school. Mock Law School Entrance Examinations (LSATs) are provided free of charge to members of the Lamar Pre-Law Society; assistance is provided to students in writing statements of purpose for law school applications; and professional development courses are offered to qualified students interested in applying to law schools.

Moot court is a competition in which undergraduate students engage in simulated legal argument before a hypothetical appellate court reviewing a fictitious case. Students draw on a limited number of actual appellate court decisions to support their arguments. Membership in Lamar moot court is by application only and participants are selected by a faculty committee.

Students interested in joining the Lamar Pre-Law Society or applying for membership in Moot Court should contact Mr. Craig Tahaney, Instructor of Political Science, at cjtahaney@lamar.edu. Mr. Tahaney serves as faculty sponsor of Lamar Pre-Law and Coach of Lamar Moot Court.

2018-2019 Moot Court Team

2018-2019 Moot Court Team

First Row: Connor Raborn, Emily Lawrence, Kaitlyn Smith, Govin Kaggal, Erica Gillepie, Katey McCall

Second Row: Raegan Minaldi, Noel Perez, William Holman, Dustin Boyd, Tristen Anding, Wesley Stapleton, Coach Craig Tahaney

National Moot Court Banquet
January 2018

 

National Moot Court banquet

National Moot Court January 2018
National Moot Court 2018


Lamar University takes Three Top Speaker Awards,
advances to Quarterfinals at Texas A&M Law School
Regional Moot Court Tournament

November 4-5, 2017

Moot Court November 2018Two Lamar University teams participated in the Texas A&M Law School Regional Moot Court Tournament on November 4-5, 2017. Mr. Craig Tahaney serves as faculty sponsor and coach for the Lamar teams. The tournament marked the first time Lamar University has participated in a regional, national-qualifying moot court tournament.

Lamar continued its impressive record against extremely tough moot court teams. Universities represented at the tournament included Howard Payne University, University of North Texas, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M University, Baylor, Texas Christian University, University of the Ozarks, Sam Houston State University, and United States Air Force Academy. A total of 31 teams and 62 students participated in the regional tournament.

The Lamar teams and individuals received several notable tournament accolades. Individual awards were given to the top fifteen best overall speakers. Lamar students who received individual awards include: Siara Dodds - ranked #3rd best overall speaker; Emily Lawrence - ranked #5th best overall speaker; Francisco Alvarez - ranked #6th best overall speaker.
 
Lamar University had the most students make the top fifteen best overall speakers than any other university competing in the event.
 
Both Lamar teams advanced to elimination rounds and, after preliminaries, the team of Francisco Alvarez and Robert Root were the #8 seeded team of the tournament and the team of Siara Dodds and Emily Lawrence were the #12 seeded team. The team of Alvarez and Root defeated a team from Texas A&M University to advance to the quarterfinal round and lost in a very close match (2-1 decision) to the #1 seeded team from Texas A&M University. The team of Dodds and Lawrence defeated the #5 seeded team from University of Texas- Arlington to advance to the quarterfinal round and lost to the #4 seeded team from Howard Payne University. The Howard Payne team advanced to win the tournament.



University of Texas-Arlington
Invitational Moot Court Tournament

October 20-21, 2017


Lamar University excels at the University of Texas-Arlington Invitational Moot Court Tournament

Moot Court awards October 2017Two Lamar University teams participated in the University of Texas-Arlington Invitational Moot Court Tournament on October 20-21, 2017. Mr. Craig Tahaney serves as faculty sponsor and coach for the teams.

Lamar students performed extremely well against tough competition. Universities represented at the tournament included Howard Payne University, University of North Texas, University of Texas-Arlington, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Texas A&M University, Stephen F. Austin University, Texas Christian University, Howard Simmons University, Sam Houston State University, and Baylor University. A total of 24 teams and 48 students participated in the invitational.

Lamar received several notable tournament accolades. Siara Dodds was ranked #12th best overall speaker and missed the top ten threshold by 1/2 point. Both Lamar teams advanced to elimination rounds and, after preliminaries, the team of Siara Dodds and Robert Root were the #8 seeded team of the tournament and the team of Emily Lawrence and Ryan Sherer were the #13 seeded team. The team of Dodds and Root defeated a team from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette to advance to the quarterfinal round and lost in a very close match to the #1 seeded team from Baylor University. The team of Lawrence and Sherer were defeated by the #4 seeded team from University of North Texas.

The tournament marked the first time a Lamar team placed in the top ten in moot court competition. Lamar advanced to participate in regional competition November 4 - 5, 2017, at Texas A&M School of Law.

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Oct 2017 two participants


2017 Moot Court

Moot Court 2017

 

 



University of North Texas School of Law
Invitational Moot Court Tournament
October 21-22, 2016

Lamar University shines bright at the University of North Texas School of Law Invitational Moot Court Tournament
 
Moot Court October 2016On October 21-22, 2016, Lamar University sponsored three teams in the University of North Texas School of Law’s Invitational Moot Court Tournament. This was the largest undergraduate moot court invitational tournament in history.
 
Lamar students performed extremely well against tough competition. Universities represented at the tournament included Howard Payne University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Dallas, Arizona State University, Texas A&M University, United States Air Force Academy, Baylor, Texas Christian University, Baylor, Sam Houston State University, Sam Houston State University, University of Texas at Arlington and Southwestern University. A total of 62 teams and 124 students participated in the invitational.
 
The UNT tournament was only the second year Lamar teams have participated in competitive moot court. With the exception of Siara Dodds (junior, Beaumont) who received “Outstanding First Time Speaker” at last year’s tournament, the 2016 team members were rookies at this year’s event. Even so, Lamar University received several notable accolades. Each speaker received individual speaker points in the preliminary rounds and awards were given to the top twenty ranked speakers. Danelle Sanders (senior, Beaumont) a first-time competitive moot court participant, ranked first (#1 Speaker) out of 124 student participants and received a scholarship for her first place showing. Tournament Director, Dr. Kimi King of University of North Texas, noted Danelle’s award marked the first time in tournament history that a new student advocate has won the Top Speaker Award. Siara Dodds (junior, Beaumont) placed thirteenth out of 124 participant speakers and received an award.

In addition to individual accolades, two Lamar teams - Danelle Sanders and Siara Dodds (ranked #17 and an undefeated record) – and Ryan Sherer and Levi Morris (ranked #31) - advanced to the tournament elimination rounds. The LU teams advancing in the tournament were ultimately eliminated by teams from two universities with long histories of tournament participation: University of North Texas and U. S. Air Force Academy.

Siara Dodds - Best Speaker Award
October 2016 - Moot Court Competition

Siara Dodds Best Speaker Award 2016

 

Moot Court Members 2016

 Moot Court participants 2016

Moot Court team with coach 2016