McGeorge's Global Lawyering Skills II course, culminates in the "Final Four" competition, which is unique among law schools. While in most law schools students participate in Moot Court exercises, here students simulate a much more realistic litigation experience. Students work with a single case preparing and arguing motions in the trial court through the appeals process following a judgment. This way, students see how the case evolves, applying attorneys' analytical skills to solve real litigation problems. While other schools have students prepare to argue only in the U.S. Supreme Court, at McGeorge students experience the progress of a case in the same way the vast majority of attorneys experience it.
The McGeorge Top Oral Advocate for 2017 is Wiemond Wu. Congratulations Mr. Wu.
Distinguished Judges for 2017 — Justice Elena Duarte, California Third District Court of Appeal; Justice Jonathan Renner, '96, California Third District Court of Appeal; and Judge Kendall Newman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.
These four students competed for Top Oral Advocate:
Top brief awards:
Final Four top oral advocates receive the Diana P. Scott Award. These significant awards reflect the accomplishments of dedicated students who have decided to get the most realistic appellate experience they can while in law school. Awards are also given by for the top four Best Briefs, reflecting the importance of written advocacy in the process of litigation.
Final Four and Best Brief students have gone on to distinguished careers in every phase of litigation, and are among employers' most sought-after graduates.
The competition is always exciting, and judges have consistently reported that students in the Final Four have developed advocacy skills making them truly practice-ready.
Read about previous Final Four Competitions: