Teams from 17 colleges and universities will take part in the tournament, in which students will argue opposing sides of a legal case.
The competition, in which students are judged on their oral and written arguments on opposing sides of legal principles, will be conducted in-person for the first time since 2019.
The newly-released rankings placed Fitchburg State 21st in the U.S., higher than any other public institution in Massachusetts and in elite national company.
Benjamin Hill and Maylynn Velazquez scored second in the country in the brief-writing competition of the tournament.
Members of Fitchburg State University’s Moot Court team are headed for the nationals in January after a strong showing at the Eastern Regional Tournament.
Fitchburg State has a long and distinguished history with the tournament, sending students to nationals each year since the campus program’s inception in 2000.
Fitchburg State is the smallest public institution to crack the top 25 in the nation.
Students Madison LaRoche and Benjamin Hill placed 5th in the nation (out of 162 entries) in the appellate brief writing competition at the national moot court tournament.
The competition features teams of students arguing opposing sides of a legal issue, as in an appellate court proceeding. The competitors make oral arguments and respond to questions from a panel of judges, as well as submit written briefs.
The Top Program Scores recognize schools based on their performance in both the AMCA National Tournament Oral Advocacy competition and the AMCA National Tournament Written Brief competition.