Mercer Law holds nation’s first moot court competition in legal ethics and professionalism

MACON - Mercer Law School is hosting the nation’s first moot court competition in legal ethics and professionalism on Nov. 12-13. Sixteen teams from law schools across the country are scheduled to compete in the competition.

The moot 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 Mercer Law School’s innovative Woodruff Curriculum. This approach stems from the law faculty’s commitment to infusing issues of ethics throughout the entirety of Mercer Law 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 American Bar Association 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, the William Augustus Bootle Chair in Legal Ethics and Professionalism and director of the Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism at Mercer Law School, was awarded the National Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism by the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism, the National Conference of Chief Justices, and the Burge Endowment for Law & Ethics.

About Mercer Law School
Founded in 1873, the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law is one of the oldest law schools in the United States and the first one in the state of Georgia accredited by the American Bar Association. Mercer Law School’s educational philosophy is based on a broadly shared commitment to prepare students for the high-quality practice of law in a day-to-day learning environment that is both strongly supportive and consistently professional. Its innovative Woodruff Curriculum – which focuses on ethics and practical skills amid small class sizes – earned the Gambrell Professionalism Award from the ABA for its “depth of excellence.” With an enrollment of about 440 students, Mercer Law School is nationally recognized for its exceptional programs in legal writing, moot court, public service, and ethics and professionalism. For more information about Mercer Law School, visit www.law.mercer.edu or call 478.301.5000.