There are three competitions based at U.S. law schools for students interested in health law.
(1) First, there is a fall semester competition that is focused on appellate litigation (at Southern Illinois University).
(2) Second, there is a spring semester competition that is focused on healthcare transactions (at Loyola Chicago).
(3) Third, there is a spring semester competition focused on healthcare compliance (at University of Maryland).
Value of Moot Court Competitions
In this survey of hundreds of experienced healthcare law professionals, "73.8% of respondents felt that students who participated in externships, clinics, Moot Court, and similar opportunities were better prepared for health law positions than students who participated in more general law school activities."
The National Health Law Moot Court Competition is an appellate litigation moot court competition with a healthcare related problem that is often intertwined with questions of constitutional law, federal civil procedure, or federal healthcare statutes. For example, previous problems have addressed religious exemptions from vaccination requirements and rights to medical privacy.
No subject matter expertise is required. The key skills for success are writing and oral argumentation. Coaches will look at grades and prior advocacy experiences. Coaches will make selections based on student’s paper submissions (resume, cover letter, transcripts) and interviews.
Attorney Joseph Van Thomme is the coach for this competition. Professor Thaddeus Pope is the faculty advisor. Direct any specific questions regarding this competition to Professor Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may register for two (2) credits in the fall term. The law school will cover your travel expenses.
Here is the timeline for this competition:
April - Solicit applications from interested students
May - Select team of two students
Early August - Problem is released
August to September - Students write an appellate brief
October - Two 90-minute oral argument moots every week
Early November - Competition is Friday & Saturday at SIU
The National Health Law Transactional Moot Court Competition seeks to expose law students to the core competencies of the corporate and regulatory practice of health care law. Students must apply corporate lawyering skills by providing legal advice on a potential business opportunity to a hypothetical health care client.
Three-person teams of JD students will prepare a legal memorandum that summarizes their legal and business advice for the client. Students will then appear in a boardroom environment before distinguished attorneys and health care executives serving as the client's "Executive Management Team" to present their analysis of the client's position and recommendations on how the client should proceed.
Professor Thaddeus Pope is the faculty advisor for this competition. The Competition will also have a coach who is a transactional healthcare attorney. Direct inquiries to Professor Pope, email@example.com.
Please send a resume, transcript and cover letter to Professor Pope Please address in your cover letter your experience with (1) health law, (2) the healthcare industry, (3) business law, and (4) business. You do not personally need experience in all four areas. Only the team as a whole does. Your letter will help us form a balanced competitive team. Pre-formed teams applying jointly are preferred but not required.
You may register for two (2) credits in either J-term or spring semester. The law school will cover your travel expenses.
Here is the timeline for this competition:
Early January - Problem is released
January & February - Write client memo
February & March - Practice oral presentations to client board Friday in mid-March - Competition in Chicago
The Annual Health Law Regulatory & Compliance Competition requires teams of 2-3 students to analyze a hypothetical fact pattern involving various interactions between health care stakeholders and entities participating in several health care activities that necessitate regulatory and compliance oversight.
The fact pattern will be given to teams the day of the completion, and students will have approximately 1.5 hours to analyze the problem. Teams will then present their findings and recommendations to a panel of practicing regulatory and compliance attorneys.