Moot Court Competitions

In designing your academic program, you should seriously consider participating in the interscholastic moot court competitions. Students selected for these teams  receive three academic credits for their satisfactory completion of a moot court competition. In addition, the Law School, through the generosity of a former member of the National Moot Court Team, gives three cash prizes (the Daniel Webster Awards) for the best brief, the best oralist, and the best advocate based on performance in the intramural competition for the moot court teams.

Intramural Competition

A student wishing to become a member of a moot court team must participate in the intramural competitions which begin in September 2008. An informational meeting will be held in August. There are three components of the intramural competition: competition for appellate teams, competition for the trial team, and competition for the negotiation team. Team members are selected for the respective moot court teams by faculty who oversee the internal competition through the consolidated selection process.

Students may compete for one or more of the teams.  Each participant trying out for an appellate team will write a brief and present oral arguments.  Students trying out for the negotiation team will participate in a 50 minute negotiation.  Students trying out for the trial team will give an opening argument and argue a motion to the court. Students and faculty representatives, who will select the members of the competition teams from among the participants, will evaluate the briefs and oral arguments. Student participants will be asked to rank their preferences among the moot court teams so that if more than one team is interested in the same student, the student's own expressed preference will be considered.

The intramural competition is open to second and third year full-time students and third and fourth year part-time students. Second year part-time students may compete for two teams: National Moot Court and National Trial team. Because the National Moot Court team and the National Trial team require a two-year commitment, students in their last year of study are ineligible for those teams.

Moot Court Competitions

Each year the law school participates in several interscholastic moot court competitions.  This year the Law School will select teams for:

As their names suggest, the National Trial Competition involves trial work and the Negotiation Competition involves settlement discussions, while the others are in the nature of appellate argument. 

Participation on a moot court team is a worthwhile experience for a law student.  The skills gained from the intense exposure to legal research, writing, and oral argument are invaluable.  Membership on a moot court team is also a noteworthy achievement to potential employers and is a significant credential to have when seeking employment during and after law school.  Additionally, the Law School gives three academic credits to students participating on a moot court team, making the teams a refreshing alternative to typical classroom study. 

Resources

In preparation for moot court competitions, the Law Library has prepared a Bibliography of useful sources; a compilation of Online Writing Resources is also available.