National Appellate Advocacy

A Moot Court Competition

The National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a moot court competition in which Gonzaga law students compete with students from other law schools across the nation. This competition emphasizes oral and written advocacy in an appellate setting.

What to Expect

  • Although participation in NAAC requires a significant time commitment, the rewards are great.
  • Students receive extensive guidance on the preparation of an appellate brief and on techniques of oral advocacy.
  • This competition is open to second and third-year law students.

Before the Competition

Students who wish to participate in NAAC may try out in the fall semester by writing a two-page brief on an assigned case and presenting a five-minute oral argument on that case.

At the Competition

  • The Gonzaga School of Law sends two teams to the regional competition each year.
  • The regional competition is held in the spring, usually during spring break, and the national competition takes place in the summer.
  • First-year students are invited to try out.
  • Competition is sponsored by the Law School Division of the American Bar Association.