CWRU Law Ranked 5th Best in the Nation for Mock Trial Success

Black Law Student Association mock trial winners
PIctured are BLSA team members (L-R): Makela Hayford, Nadia Haile, Francesca Veres, Sally Enoh, Akua Oppong, Aanya Myrie-Silburn, Marleni Chavana, Magda Phillips and Ryn Wayman.

In this year’s recently published GAVEL rankings, Case Western Reserve University School of Law’s mock trial teams were ranked 5th best in the nation based on their successful performance at a number of national mock trial competitions.

The top five ranked mock trial programs for 2021-22 were: 

  1. UCLA
  2. University of Denver
  3. University of California Berkeley
  4. American University
  5. Case Western Reserve University

GAVEL rankings are produced by Hofstra Law School’s Trial Advocacy Association to recognize the law schools that win the toughest mock trial competitions. 

In 2021-22, Case Western Reserve’s BLSA Mock Trial Team won Best Advocate Award at Regionals and advanced to the semi-finals at nationals in the Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition. CWRU was the regional winner and national semi-finalist at the National Trial Competition and a national finalist of the American Association for Justice Mock Trial Competition. CWRU was a quarter finalist in the Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition and won first place in the Case Classic Mock Trial Competition.

Case Western Reserve also ranked 5th best in the nation in the Nica Team Rankings for 2021-2022. 

The top five ranked moot court programs for 2021-22 were: 

  1. Havard
  2. U.S. Air Force Academy
  3. University of Georgia
  4. Fordham University
  5. Case Western Reserve University

In 2022, CWRU’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team placed third in the U.S. National
Competition, 14th in the global competition and garnered the award for the Best Speaker in the World. The CWRU Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court team advanced to the global elimination round and garnered a top speaker award.

Case Western Reserve has long been known for the strength of its mock trial and moot court programs, and is ranked 5th best Law School in the country in practical training by preLaw Magazine (Spring, 2022).