Moot Court is a distinguishing honor unique to law school. As a Moot Court competitor, you and your partner will be solely responsible for the substance of your brief. It will require strong research, writing and oral argument skills. It is one of the highlights of any law school career.
You will compete against the top writers and orators from other law schools across the nation. Recent competitors have included U.C. Berkeley, Brigham Young, Chicago, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, Loyola, Michigan, Ohio State, Tulane and William and Mary. UNH Law has done very well in writing, arguing and overall categories.
In 2012, we took top honors at the national Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. The students who competed, Anjie Vichayanonda and Jeffrey Larson, made history by winning every award: Best Brief in the Nation, Best Oralists in the Nation, and Best Overall Team in the Nation.
It’s a great experience, and it allows you to hone all the skills needed for great advocacy: writing, research, and oral advocacy – the trifecta.
Advantages of the Moot Court Experience
Students who participate in moot court competitions gain skills in both written and oral advocacy. Students are able to:
- Choose their competition
- Secure faculty coaching
- Work out internal selection procedures to select the team
- Do the research, writing and practice necessary to prepare professional solutions to the problems posed for the contests
UNH Law students have historically enjoyed regional and national success in these events. They typically compete in these areas of law:
- Products Liability
Rising 2Ls and 3Ls may apply to compete on one of the appellate moot court competitions. To apply, students must complete Legal Analysis and Writing (LAW) I and be enrolled in LAW II. Furthermore, applicants must enroll in Advanced Appellate Advocacy for the coming fall. Substantive course related to the Copyright, Trademark and Patent Law competitions are also required.
The Moot Court Board evaluates and selects applicants through a try-out process consisting of three parts that begins in the spring: moot court oral argument, review of Legal Skills II grade and trial memorandum and individual interviews. First, the Moot Court Board will provide applicants with a moot court problem, which generally includes a brief fact pattern, relevant statutes and case law. For rising 2Ls, the argument will be based on the LAW II fact pattern and cases. Using the material provided, applicants prepare a ten-minute oral argument.
Professors, Moot Court Board Justices and outside attorneys will judge the oral arguments. Second, the applicants must submit a copy of their Legal Skills II trial memo and course grades for LAW I and II and Legal Research. Third, the Moot Court Board will interview each applicant individually.
The most qualified applicants will be selected to compete and represent UNH Law across the nation in the inter-school moot court competitions. The moot court teams consist of two students.
Students registered for Moot Court may not enroll in Advanced Trail Advocacy.