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Moot Court Competitions

Penn Law student participate in numerous moot court competitions locally and across the country.

Below is a listing of several different moot court competitions in alphabetical order. Please note, those entries with blank dates have yet to announce their next competition. For more information about upcoming moot court competitions, as well as advice for moot court competitors, see The Bench Brief.

Moot Court Competitions (alphabetical)

2021-2022 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

 

TOPICS: Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.


ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Monday, February 28, 2022. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.


AWARDS: The first place winner receives $1,500 and publication by the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international readership. The second place winner receives $750, and third place receives $400. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis.


DEADLINE: All emailed entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, February 28, 2022 (5 p.m. Central Standard Time). Entries will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Deadline: February 28, 2022

2022 Law Essay Writing Competition

Topic: “Legal Remedies to Combat Climate Change”

Submission Deadline:
Submissions must be emailed on or before Friday, April 29, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered.

Eligibility:
The competition is open to all current law students, post 2015 law graduates, and all masters of law students. Co-authored submissions are eligible; if selected, the co-authors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work, but simultaneous submissions will be accepted.

Winning Submission and Prizes:
The winner will be notified by email. The winner will receive $5,000. Only one winning paper will be chosen and only one prize awarded.

Deadline: April 29, 2022

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Topic: Under the existing rules of judicial conduct, how might Pennsylvania’s courts utilize current communication tools, such as social media, to engage the people of Pennsylvania to instill confidence in the workings of the judicial branch and its decisions?

Award: $5,000

Who: 2L and 3L students at any Pennsylvania law school, as well as Rutgers Law School Camden & Newark.

Format: 2,000 to 2,300 word essay

Judges: Members of PMC’s Board of Advisors

Deadline: February 18, 2022

Submit: writingcontest@pmconline.org.

Deadline: February 18, 2022

The Seventh Annual AUWCL National Health Law Writing Competition

 

This competition is designed to encourage law students to write scholarly papers on current topics of interest relevant to health law and/or food and drug law. Current 2L, 3L, and 4L (evening/part-time) JD and LLM students enrolled in a U.S. law school at the time of paper submission are eligible to participate. PAPERS MUST MEET COMPETITION RULES AND REQUIREMENTS. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all participants.

Prizes

First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $1,000
Honorable Mention: $750

The paper submission portal will open on Thursday, December 9, 2021 and will close on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:55 pm ET.

Deadline: April 27, 2022

Moot Court Competitions (deadline)

Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Topic: Under the existing rules of judicial conduct, how might Pennsylvania’s courts utilize current communication tools, such as social media, to engage the people of Pennsylvania to instill confidence in the workings of the judicial branch and its decisions?

Award: $5,000

Who: 2L and 3L students at any Pennsylvania law school, as well as Rutgers Law School Camden & Newark.

Format: 2,000 to 2,300 word essay

Judges: Members of PMC’s Board of Advisors

Deadline: February 18, 2022

Submit: writingcontest@pmconline.org.

Deadline: February 18, 2022

2021-2022 American Indian Law Review National Writing Competition

 

TOPICS: Papers will be accepted on any legal issue specifically concerning American Indians or other indigenous peoples.


ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to students enrolled in J.D. or graduate law programs at accredited law schools in the United States and Canada as of the competition deadline of Monday, February 28, 2022. Editors of the American Indian Law Review are not eligible to compete.


AWARDS: The first place winner receives $1,500 and publication by the American Indian Law Review, an official periodical of the University of Oklahoma College of Law with international readership. The second place winner receives $750, and third place receives $400. Each of the three winning authors will also be awarded an eBook copy of Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, provided by LexisNexis.


DEADLINE: All emailed entries must be received no later than 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, February 28, 2022 (5 p.m. Central Standard Time). Entries will be acknowledged upon receipt.

Deadline: February 28, 2022

The Seventh Annual AUWCL National Health Law Writing Competition

 

This competition is designed to encourage law students to write scholarly papers on current topics of interest relevant to health law and/or food and drug law. Current 2L, 3L, and 4L (evening/part-time) JD and LLM students enrolled in a U.S. law school at the time of paper submission are eligible to participate. PAPERS MUST MEET COMPETITION RULES AND REQUIREMENTS. Certificates of Participation will be awarded to all participants.

Prizes

First Place: $2,000
Second Place: $1,500
Third Place: $1,000
Honorable Mention: $750

The paper submission portal will open on Thursday, December 9, 2021 and will close on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 11:55 pm ET.

Deadline: April 27, 2022

2022 Law Essay Writing Competition

Topic: “Legal Remedies to Combat Climate Change”

Submission Deadline:
Submissions must be emailed on or before Friday, April 29, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, to Amanda Fleming at afleming@citizen.org. Papers emailed after this date will not be considered.

Eligibility:
The competition is open to all current law students, post 2015 law graduates, and all masters of law students. Co-authored submissions are eligible; if selected, the co-authors will share the prize. Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work, but simultaneous submissions will be accepted.

Winning Submission and Prizes:
The winner will be notified by email. The winner will receive $5,000. Only one winning paper will be chosen and only one prize awarded.

Deadline: April 29, 2022