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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.




imageExternal 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

  • December 4, 2015

    Penn Law students will be competing for another national trial advocacy competition championship. Catherine Eagan (3L), Sam Griffith (3L), Nina Shaw (3L), and Jack Wray (2L), finished first on November 21-22 in the American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law Miami Regional competition. The facts of this year’s competition involved a Family Medical Leave Act interference claim and a retaliatory discharge claim. The competitors’ performances were judged by practicing attorneys from the Miami region.  

  • April 20, 2015

    Congratulations are in order!  3Ls Greg Manas and Brian Springer won the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s  Giles Sutherland Rich National Patent Law Moot Court on Friday. They defeated a ten-team field in the national championship round, which was held at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington DC. The final round was judged by a panel of Federal Circuit Judges.


  • April 14, 2015
    Congratulations are in order!  This past week Penn’s Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team participated in the International Rounds of the competition in Washington DC.  Penn’s team qualified for the International Rounds for the first time in nearly a decade, by winning the US Regional Rounds in February.  Out of over 600 total teams from all over the world that participate in the Jessup competition, Penn’s team had a huge success.