National Moot Court

The National Moot Court competition is sponsored by the Young Lawyer’s Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Law schools consider this national competition to be the most prestigious and challenging. Many schools make the selection and preparation of this team their highest priority.

Regional competition takes place in the fall, and national finals (the winning teams from the regional level) take place in early spring, in New York City.

What to expect

  • This competition is open to second- and third-year law students.
  • Gonzaga traditionally enters two teams (of three members each) in this competition, allowing six students to compete each year.
  • In the spring, second- and third-year law students interested in trying out are required to sign up in advance, then submit a writing sample and demonstrate oral skills.
  • The students selected usually have some appellate advocacy experience – through Linden Cup or some other competition.
  • The regional competition is held at one of the eight law schools in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, or Montana.