The purpose of the NNALSA Moot Court Competition is to create opportunities to promote the
objectives of the NNALSA Mission Statement, actively encourage the development of the oral
advocacy and brief-writing skills of NNALSA members, as well as enhance substantive
knowledge in the fields of federal Indian law, tribal law and traditional forms of governance.
UNM teams have participated in the National Native American Law Students Association Moot Court Competition since its inception in 1993. Teams of two submit their brief and engage in oral arguments on a current issue involving indigenous peoples in the United States. The school has a very strong record with teams arguing successfully and individual students winning distinguished orator awards.
What to expect
Students should expect to dedicate some time over Christmas break to meet with his/her teammate and prepare a brief. It is important to keep momentum and complete most of the research and analysis before classes start in January. Weekly or biweekly sessions in January and February will follow, with additional Saturday practices for two weeks before the competition. Be prepared for several practice oral arguments per week during January and February.