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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 only.

2021 Dean’s Cup Competition

2021 Competition Dates:

  • Competitor Registration Period: February 8-March 1, 2021
  • Preliminary Round 1: March 8, 2021
  • Preliminary Round 2: March 11, 2021
  • Quarterfinal Round: March 18, 2021
  • Semifinal Round: March 22, 2021
  • Final Round: March 29, 2021 at 6:00 pm CST (streamed live at

Competition Rules and Registration:

The 2021 Dean’s Cup Competition will be held entirely on Zoom.

Case #1 (Preliminary Rounds): Lange v. California, No. 20-18

Case #2 (Quarterfinal and Semifinal Rounds): Cedar Point Nursery v. Hassid, No. 20-107

Case #3 (Final Round): National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Alston, No. 20-512

General Resources:

Prior Dean’s Cup Winners:

  • 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