National Moot Court

For over 50 years, The Association of the Bar of the City of New York has  sponsored the National Moot Court Competition (Official Site), one of the most prestigious competitions in the nation. More than 150 law schools participate in regional rounds of this appellate moot court competition in mid‑November.  The winners of the regional rounds travel to New York City in late January to compete in the final rounds of the competition where they argue before prominent judges and lawyers.  The competition problem is based on a simulated transcript of record distributed in early September.  Briefs from all competing schools are normally due in mid‑October.  The transcript nearly always presents a case to be briefed and argued in the United States Supreme Court.  Usually, the case presents issues currently under consideration in several federal courts of appeals and which are likely to reach the Supreme Court in a real case in the near future.  Each competition team has three student members.  Students are selected in the fall, but do not compete until the following September.  Students selected for the team have the opportunity to watch the members of the current team practice their oral arguments and sometimes even travel with the team to watch the competition in preparation for their  participation the following year.  Among recent topics: whether a person's Fourth Amendment right is violated when police officers stop an individual based on an anonymous tip regarding DWI the officers observing such driving and then subsequently finding a loaded gun in the vehicle; and an Eight Amendment challenge to whether a certain state's Three-Strikes Law is cruel and unusual punishment.


The faculty adviser is Bruce Miller (782-1429).


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