University of Pittsburgh

Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition

The Murray S. Love Competition, administered by the Moot Court Board, takes place during the spring semester. While there are no academic prerequisites, many students prefer to take Evidence before competing in Murray Love. Interested students are strongly encouraged to compete in Murray Love during their second year, especially if they take Evidence in the fall semester. However, third-year students are also welcome to participate.

Students compete in teams of two, delivering opening statements and closing statements, and conducting direct examination and cross examination of witnesses (including making evidentiary objections) in a mock case. Each trial runs approximately one hour.

Competition Requirements

Participants who have not yet successfully completed the law school's course in Evidence are required to attend a lecture on the Federal Rules of Evidence, and all participants are required to attend a lecture on trial advocacy. To earn one academic credit, participants must attend the required lectures and complete at least two rounds. Those who do not advance on merit beyond the first round can still receive credit but must, if asked, serve as a witness, bailiff or in any other supportive capacity in a subsequent round. There is a registration fee of $20.

Information regarding registration appears in the E-Docket early in the spring semester. The competition will have a web-based course page, and once registered, competitors should consult it for rules, schedules, etc.

For the Winners…

The top four finishers in Murray Love receive a monetary prize and recognition in the graduation program. The top two finishers win the Murray S. Love Award and, if 2Ls, qualify automatically to serve on the subsequent year’s Mock Trial Team, which will send groups of students to represent Pitt Law in various external competitions. These include the Allegheny County Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition, the AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition, the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition and others.

Murray S. Love

Murray S. Love graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1954 and was a distinguished trial attorney in the Pittsburgh area. After his untimely death, his friends, family, and law firm created a fund to underwrite a mock trial competition in his memory. Murray Love's widow, Patty Love Anouchi, and nephew, Paul Supowitz, continue to support the school and competition. The first Murray S. Love Mock Trial Competition took place in 1981.

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