Moot Court Tryout Procedure

  • Competition Tryouts 

    Because Appellate Advocacy is a prerequisite to participate in Moot Court, tryouts are typically held at the end of any semester that Appellate Advocacy is offered. The Moot Court Executive Board holds tryouts twice a year; once after the summer Appellate Advocacy class, and again after the spring Appellate Advocacy classes. 

    The case prompt used for Moot Court tryouts is the same case used for the Appellate Advocacy classes. Therefore, students interested in trying out for Moot Court may use the same brief, and re-argue whichever side he or she argued in Appellate Advocacy. 

    In order to tryout, students must complete the tryout application, submit a brief and participate in a fifteen minute oral argument in front of a panel of three judges. The student may choose which side (appellant/appellee) to argue for. The panel of judges usually consists of Moot Court members and faculty members. 

    Students are graded on both their writing and oral advocacy skills. Students find out whether they made one of the Moot Court teams at the end of each school year. 

    Fellow Tryouts 

    Moot Court Fellowship tryouts are only available for 2L students. In early September, the Moot Court Executive Board will visit classes and provide brief informational sessions to notify the students of the Fellow tryouts. Usually around the second week of September, the Fellows case prompt is released, and the candidates are given approximately two weeks to turn in their briefs. Each candidate must also sign up for an oral argument in front of a panel of three judges. 

    Oral arguments are usually scheduled a week after the briefs are due. Fellow candidates are graded on their writing and oral advocacy skills. One Fellow is selected for each Moot Court tea