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Advocacy Competitions

Penn Law students participate in both internal and external moot court and trial advocacy competitions, providing valuable practice in writing and oral advocacy.


Edwin R. Keedy Cup Competition

The Keedy Cup is Penn Law’s internal moot court competition — and an event that draws the entire Law School in which two teams of students argue before three Federal judges.


External Advocacy Competitions

Penn Law also sends teams to moot court and trial advocacy competitions across the country. Most competitions are open to any students who put together a team and choose a faculty adviser, but the following competitions have standing teams to which students must apply:

Under faculty supervision, 2L and 3L students may participate in the moot court competitions. Financial support may be granted, covering registration fees, photocopying of briefs, and mailing of the briefs as required by the competition rules (travel, hotel, and meals are not covered.)

Advocacy Competition Updates

  • April 14, 2016
    Congratulations to the team of Karan Kalia (Oralist), Phillip Scheibenflugh (Oralist), Angeles Femenia (Oralist), Heyi Coco, Yvette Lin, and Rolando Castellas were runners-up in the Fifth LLM international Moot Court Competition held from April 6-8 at the American University in Washington, D.C. Over twenty-five teams participated from over 18 schools.
  • April 5, 2016

    This past week Penn Law’s Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team participated in the International Rounds of the competition in Washington DC.  Out of over 550 teams from all over the world that participate in the Jessup competition, Penn’s team had a huge success, achieving the following results:

    • Second Best Team in the World
    • Best Team in the United States
    • Best Respondent Side in the World
  • February 18, 2016

    A team from Penn Law recently won the John L. Costello National Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition hosted by George Mason School of Law in Fairfax, Virginia.

    Jonathan Kaplan L’16 and Catherine Eagan L’16 were the attorneys on the winning team, and their witness was David Hill L’16, who played the defendant in the case. Kaplan was also named Best Oralist for the competition.