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Dean’s Cup Competition

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The Dean’s Cup Competition is an appellate advocacy competition at the LSU Law Center in which students compete individually over the course of the entire spring semester for the right to claim the Dean’s Cup.  The competition simulates oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in a series of three real, currently-pending United States Supreme Court cases.  Competitors will be provided the parties’ briefs, the decision of the court below, and other relevant documents, and will compete in oral arguments through a series of individual elimination brackets.  Competitors are not required to submit written briefs.

The Dean’s Cup Competition is open to members of the second and third-year classes and LLM candidates.

2022 Dean’s Cup Competition

2022 Competition Dates:

  • Competitor Registration Period: February 14-March 2
  • Preliminary Round 1: Monday, March 7 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Preliminary Round 2: Wednesday, March 9, between 6 and 10 pm
  • Quarterfinal Round: Wednesday, March 16, between 6 and 10 pm
  • Semifinal Round: Monday, March 21, between 6 and 10 pm
  • Final Round: Monday, March 28, between 6 and 10 pm

Competition Rules and Registration:

Case #1 (Preliminary Rounds): Ruan v. United States, No. 20-1410

Case #2 (Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds): Golan v. Saada, No. 20-1034

Case #3 (Final Round): Shurtleff v. City of Boston, No. 20-1800

General Resources:

Prior Dean’s Cup Winners:

  • 2021: David Judd
  • 2020: Juan Moreno
  • 2019: J. William VanDehei
  • 2018: Ahmed Soussi
  • 2017: Alaina Richard
  • 2016: Andrew Hairston
  • 2015: J. Benjamin Aguiñaga
  • 2014: Danielle Borel
  • 2013: Christopher Cummings