Moot Court Competitions

Moot court competitions provide an excellent way for law students to develop courtroom skills and to gain an appreciation for the extensive preparation needed for trials or appeals.

Students have several opportunities to observe and participate in moot court sessions.  For example, students can voluntarily participate in intramural oral advocacy competition that includes legal arguments in front of judges drawn from the legal community.  All students, second - and third-year students, are eligible to participate in the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition, which is held in the fall semester and is the oldest and largest moot court at Washington University.  The winning team of the Environmental Moot Court Competition, which is held in the spring, represents the school at the National Environmental Moot Court Competition.

Other opportunities students include interscholastic moot court competitions. The International Law Students Association Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the Niagara International Law Moot Court Competition, the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition, the Giles Rich Moot Court Competition, which is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, or the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, which is sponsored by the International Trademark Association (INTA).

The Moot Court Program encourages the development of skills in brief writing and oral advocacy and recognizes those students who excel in developing these skills.  Each team focuses on a particular area of law and a distinctive competition format. Students considering trying out for moot court should evaluate which of these formats complement their own interests and talents.

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For more information please contact Dorothy Campbell, Trial and Advocacy Program Coordinator, at or 314-935-7964.

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