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September 14, 2022

University of Houston Law Center named 2021-22 ABA Competitions Champion

CHICAGO, Sept. 14, 2022 — The American Bar Association Law Student Division (LSD) has named University of Houston Law Center the 2021-22 ABA Competitions Champion.

The Competitions Champion is won by the school who earns the most combined points from competing in all four ABA Law Student Division competitions. This means that teams had to do well in the Arbitration Competition, Negotiation Competition, Client Counseling Competition and National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC Moot Court). Ranking criteria and the point totals for the top teams can be found here.

“Our four competitions offer students an amazing opportunity to hone essential lawyering skills before they enter practice,” said Connie S. Smothermon, Competitions Committee co-chair.

“Through consistent participation and success in ABA competitions, these law schools display especially well-rounded practical skills training programs. We are thrilled to recognize these schools through the Competitions Championship.”

Houston Law Center fielded nine teams across four competitions. Houston’s Client Counseling team, Autumn Brehon and Libby Spann, finished second in the Client Counseling National Finals. Competitors Emory Powers, Tiffany Penner and Piper Replogle advanced to the semifinal round of the NAAC National Finals.

This year, more than 1,300 students from 281 law schools virtually participated in one or more of the four competitions sponsored by LSD. ABA competitions teach law students real-world legal skills in a simulated practice environment. Judges for the competitions included volunteer attorneys and sitting members of the bench. 

Top 10 ABA Competition Law Schools by Points

  • University of Houston Law Center - 1st 
  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law - Tie for 2nd 
  • SMU - Southern Methodist University - Dedman School of Law - Tie for 2nd 
  • South Texas College of Law Houston  - 4th 
  • Fordham University School of Law - 5th 
  • University of California Hastings College of the Law - 6th 
  • Texas Tech University School of Law - 7th 
  • Stetson University College of Law - 8th 
  • Baylor University School of Law - 9th 
  • Brooklyn Law School Tie for - 10th 
  • Michigan State University College of Law - Tie for 10th 

For more information on the ABA Law Student Division and the competitions, click here.

The ABA is the largest voluntary association of lawyers in the world. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.