ABA National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court


2018 Team Audition Information 

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  • Application Deadline: September 5 before 5:00 pm

The National Moot Court Team represents the law school at the American Bar Association (ABA) National Appellate Advocacy Competition, the largest and most competitive moot court competition in the country. Each team writes a brief on behalf of the Petitioner or Respondent and represents both the Petitioner and Respondent at oral argument. The team is selected annually through an audition process early in the fall semester that is open to second- and third-year students.

The National Moot Court Team won the ABA National Championship in 2012. In the preceding five years, it had advanced five teams to the national quarterfinal round, a feat matched by no other team in the country. The team qualified for the National Finals every year from 2006 to 2012, and again reached the National Finals in 2016 and 2018. Since 2006, it has had four students recognized as the best speaker in the region and twice won the award for best brief in the region. In 2012, its students received recognition as the second- and third-best speakers overall in the national final.

The National Moot Court Team also competes in a second competition each year. From 2007 to 2014, it competed in the William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court, where it won three consecutive national championships from 2009 to 2011 and captured second-place honors in 2013. In 2016, it competed in and won the 2016 Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, where it also fielded the second-place team and received recognition for having the top speaker in the competition. In 2018, it won the William B. Spong Invitational Tournament, where it again was recognized as having the top speaker in the competition.

For more information about the National Moot Court Team, contact Professor Richard Finneran at refinneran@wustl.edu.