An Appellate Advocacy Competition
Linden Cup is a student-run oral appellate advocacy competition among Gonzaga law students. Linden Cup takes place during the spring semester.
Students sign up for Linden Cup through the Moot Court Honors Council during the early Spring.
What to Expect
- The competition is open to all Gonzaga Law students.
- Students who want to get a taste of appellate advocacy in a formal setting (including first-year students), are encouraged to serve on the Moot Court Council or as bailiffs during the competitions.
At the Competition
- Working in pairs, participating students research and prepare an oral argument to be presented before mock appellate tribunals.
- In the oral arguments, students are judged on their forensic performance, including their success in answering questions, their conviction, their knowledge of the record, issues and law, and their courtroom demeanor.
- The panels of judges in the early rounds are composed of faculty and local attorneys.
- Local judges officiate in the quarter- and semi-finals.
- State Supreme Court justices officiate in the final round.