Mercer University School of Law is proud to host the first in the nation moot court competition in Legal Ethics and Professionalism. This competition builds upon Mercer Law's national leadership in legal ethics and professionalism. Mercer Law students take six required hours of ethics and professionalism, including a first-year course in which students explore the many aspects of being an ethical lawyer. Students also benefit from an experiential learning program that emphasizes the development of an ethical professional identity, a broad array of advanced ethics electives, and a comprehensive approach to ethics infused through the Woodruff Curriculum. This approach stems from the Mercer Law faculty's commitment to infusing issues of ethics throughout the entirety of a student's legal education. Additionally, the Mercer Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism engages in a variety of in-house and outreach educational activities with the purpose of improving the professionalism of students, lawyers and judges.
The ABA has recognized the Woodruff Curriculum with the Gambrell Professionalism Award, citing its "depth and excellence" and "obvious commitment to professionalism." More recently, Professor Patrick Longan, William Augustus Bootle Chair in Legal Ethics and Professionalism and Director of the Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism, was awarded the National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism, by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Professionalism, the National Conference of Chief Justices, and the Burge Endowment for Law & Ethics. We are proud to further expand our emphasis on this important area of the law by hosting the first national moot court competition focused on legal ethics and professionalism.
National Law Journal about the competition "Professional Ethics? There's a Moot Court for that" by Karen Sloan.