Moot Court

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 top writers and orators from other law schools across the nation. Recent competitors included U.C. Berkeley, Brigham Young, Chicago, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, Loyola, Michigan, Ohio State, Tulane and William and Mary. 

"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."
- Anjie Vichayanonda, J.D. '13

Explore Moot Court

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:

  • Constitutional
  • Copyright
  • Patent
  • Trademark
  • 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 Trial Advocacy.

2017-2018 UNH Law Moot Court Executive Board

Taylor Gailliot
Chief Justice

Kolbie McCabe 
Coach, Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Madison, WI)

Amanda Abelmann​
Coach, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (New York, NY)

Hugh McCann
Coach, Touro Law Center's Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion (Central Islip, NY)

Karin Greene​
Coach, AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Boston, MA)

Devon Ayer​
Coach, John G. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (Newark, NJ)


2016-2017 UNH Law Moot Court Executive Board

Andrew Hogan
Chief Justice

Brian Greklek-McKeon
Coach, Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Madison, WI)

Bryan Adams
Coach, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (New York, NY)

Catherine Bousquet
Coach, Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition (Wilmington, DE)

Sarah Kim
Coach, AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Boston, MA)

Scott Chase
Coach, John G. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (Newark, NJ)


2015-2016 UNH Law Moot Court Board

Keith Blair
Coach, Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Madison, Wis.)

Andrew Schmid
Coach, Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Boston, Mass.)

Penina Wallace
Coach, John G. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (Newark, N.J.)

Mary Gaiser
Coach, Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition (Wilmington, Del.)

Alex Walsh
Coach, Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (New York, N.Y.)

Hilary Cessna

Appellate Moot Court Competitions

Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Madison, Wis.)
National constitutional law moot court competition sponsored by the University of Wisconsin

Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Boston, Mass.)
National patent and intellectual property moot court competition sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (New York, N.Y.)
National trademark law moot court competition sponsored by the Brand Names Education Foundation

John G. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (Newark, N.J.)
National criminal procedure moot court competition sponsored by the Seton Hall University School of Law

Touro Law Center's Fifth Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion (Central Islip, N.Y.)

2017-2018 Moot Court Competitors

Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Madison, Wis.)
Coach: Kolbie McCabe
Competitors: Will Reddington and Caitlin Foster

AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Boston, Mass.)
Coach: Karin Greene
Competitors: Andrew Kerrick and Ana Spone

John G. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (Newark, N.J.)
Coach: Devon Ayer
Competitors: Lynnette Macomber and Katie Courville

Touro Law Center’s Fifth Annual Moot Court Competition in Law and Religion (Touro Law Center, Central Islip, N.Y.)
Coach: Hugh McCann 
Competitors: Erin Carey and Trevor McCourt

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (New York, N.Y.)
Coach: Amanda Abelmann
Competitors: Scott Amankwatia and Meredith Farrell


2016-2017 Moot Court Competitors

Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Madison, Wis.)

Coach: Brian Greklek-McKeon
Competitors: Will Warren and Kolbie McCabe

AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Boston, Mass.)

Coach: Sarah Kim
Competitors: Karin Green and Taylor Gailliot 

John G. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (Newark, N.J.)

Coach: Scott Chase
Competitors: Allison Pash and Devon Ayer

Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition (Wilmington, Del.)

Coach: Catherine Bousquet
Competitors: Audriana Mekula-Hanson and Hugh McCann 

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (New York, N.Y.)

Coach: Bryan Adams
Competitors: Amanda Abelmann and Talia Burghard 


2015-2016 Moot Court Competitors

Evans A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition (Madison, Wis.)

Coach: Keith Blair
Competitors: Steve Briden and Brian Greklekk-McKeon

Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition (Boston, Mass.)

Coach: Andrew Schmid
Competitors: Casey Griffith and Sarah Kim

John G. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition (Newark, N.J.)*

Coach: Penina Wallace
Competitors: Scott Chase and Andrew Hogan

Ruby R. Vale Interschool Corporate Moot Court Competition (Wilmington, Del.)*

Coach: Mary Gaiser
Competitors: Catherine Bousquet and Ryan Landry

Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition (New York, N.Y.)

Coach: Alex Walsh
Competitors: Bryan Adams and Joe Evans

 *New Competition