Penguin Moot Court team ranked 6th in the nation

Youngstown State University’s Intercollegiate Moot Court program ranks 6th in the nation, in the recently released 2017 Top Programs in Intercollegiate Moot Court listing.

YSU advances five spots from last year’s 11th place ranking and comes in above schools such as Texas A&M University, Duke University and University of Chicago.

YSU’s Moot Court Team has qualified for the national tournament for the past eight years. Last fall, students competed in the Great Lakes Regional Moot Court Tournament at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. YSU teams took first and third out of 38 teams, qualifying them for the national tournament at Stetson University College of Law in Florida. At the national tournament, the team of Samantha Fritz of Canfield and Jacob Tomory of Canfield finished in the top eight in the country with the team of Andrik Massaro of Canfield and Jacob Shriner-Briggs of Liberty finishing in the top 16.

The team is coached by Paul Sracic, chair, Politics and International Relations.

The rankings were compiled by the American Moot Court Association and are based on the average win total of teams over a three-year period.

The purpose of the American Collegiate Moot Court Association is to educate undergraduate students about the American legal system, American jurisprudence, and the work of American attorneys. A Moot Court competition is a simulated legal argument before hypothetical appellate courts.