Moot Court Tryout Procedure


  • Competition Team Tryouts
    Appellate Advocacy is a prerequisite to participate as a competitor on the Moot Court Board. The Moot Court Executive Board holds tryouts once a year, typically 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 Board members and faculty members.
    Students are graded on both their writing and oral advocacy skills.

    Fellow Tryouts
    Moot Court Fellowship tryouts are available for 1L and 2L students. In early December before Winter Break, the Moot Court Executive Board will visit classes and provide brief informational sessions to notify the students of the Fellow tryouts. The Fellows case prompt is released over Winter Break. 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 1L and one 2L Fellow is selected for each Moot Court team.