Moot Court is a prestigious honor unique to law school. In substance, it is similar to the Legal Skills II oral argument. In practice, it is much more rigorous and time intensive. 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 recent competitions ranking 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:
- Constitutional Law
- Copyright Law
- Corporate Law
- Patent Law
- Trademark Law
Appellate Moot Court Intra-School Competition
Interested 2Ls and 3Ls may apply to compete on one of the appellate moot court competitions. To apply, students must complete Legal Skills I and II. Furthermore, applicants must enroll in Advanced Appellate Advocacy as well as the substantive course related to the competition in which they seek to compete.
The Moot Court Board evaluates and selects applicants from through a try-out process consisting of three parts: 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. Using the material provided, the applicants must 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 grade. 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.
Margaret Sova McCabe
Professor of Law
Associate Dean of Academic Administration & Special Projects