Two students discussing their strategies in Moot Court during a mock trial.

Moot Court

Moot Court is an opportunity for law students to develop the oral and written advocacy skills learned in the classroom and put them in action towards a "simulated" trial or advocacy environment. Judges and jurors for the competitions are often practitioners and sitting judges. Many times, law students work with junior high and high school students in their mock trial/moot court activities.

Depending on their extracurricular commitments, most students find time for at least one Moot Court competition per semester. Law students in their third year can apply to be in the Order of Barristers, a national advocacy honor society.

Moot Court opportunities and benefits include:

  • Gain practical lawyering skills and network with other local attorneys and judges
  • Join a team and travel nationally or internationally to participate in one of hundreds of external competitions
  • Coach high school students in after-school mock trial/moot court programs
  • Volunteer as a timer for internal competitions
  • Role play as a client volunteer for our Client Counseling competition
  • Gain a competitive edge with Moot Court experience on your resume