How to Get Involved
Fall Appellate Membership Competition
During the fall membership competition, participants are required to review an appellate case, write a brief and argue both sides of the issues before a panel of current Moot Court Board members. The problem is issued at a meeting early in the fall semester. The brief is due two weeks later. Appellate arguments begin after briefs are turned in and last for two weeks.
The top scoring participants secure membership on the Moot Court Board and compete in a week long, elimination style tournament for scholarship awards. Past judges for the championship round of arguments have included state Appellate Court judges and Supreme Court justices. This competition is open to 2L students only.
Spring Trial Membership Competition
During the Spring Trial Membership Competition, students compete individually and try all elements of either a civil or criminal case. Arguments are presented before and graded by a panel of current Moot Court Board members. Competitors will conduct pre-trial motions, opening statements, direct and cross-examination, closing statements, and objections throughout the proceedings. The top-scoring participants earn membership on the Moot Court Board. The top four scoring competitors then compete for scholarship awards before a current member of the judiciary. This competition is open to 2L students only.