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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 Each submission must be an original, unpublished academic work, but simultaneous submissions will be accepted.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

2022 National Online Moot Court Competition

This competition will feature:

40 teams

4 guaranteed rounds

Break to Octofinals

Participating teams must provide 1 brief judge and fill 10 oral argument judging slots (names due by October 15; link will be forwarded later to registering teams)

Entry fee of $250 (due by October 1; payment link will be forwarded later)

The problem will be released Monday, September 13th.

Briefs due Monday, November 1st

Schools may register one team (and indicate a desire to enter a second team) until September 13th. On September 13th, those teams that requested a second team will be added until we reach 40 teams. At that point, we will create a waiting list. Any registered team not paying the entry fee by October 1 will be replaced with a team from the waiting list.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

27th Annual National Telecommunications and Technology Moot Court Competition

February 6-7, 2021
Virtually on Zoom

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Washington, D.C.

Registration deadline: Monday, December 7th, 2020

Please register soon as spots are limited.
Schools who register after the competition spots are full will be placed on a waitlist.

For further information and to register, please visit here.

Deadline: December 7, 2020

National Online Moot Court Competition

 

September 1: Problem released. Please view problem here
September 17:
Entry fee payment deadline
October 15:
Deadline for teams to provide brief grader and oral argument judges
November 2:
Brief deadline
January 7:
Drawing and Announcement of Brackets
January 13-15:
Preliminary Rounds
January 20:
Octofinal Rounds
January 21:
Quarterfinal Rounds
January 22:
Semifinal Rounds
January 23:
Final Round

Register here.

Deadline: November 2, 2020

The Seventh Annual AUWCL National Health Law Writing

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

Deadline: December 9, 2021

UCLA Disability Law Journal Student Note Competition

The UCLA Disability Law Journal is seeking submissions for its fourth annual Student Note Competition. The DLJ is the only academic journal in the nation that focuses exclusively on Disability Law. Our Student Note Competition recognizes the best student scholarship in the field.

We are accepting submissions through Thursday, December 23, 2021.

We encourage students from all identity backgrounds who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school to enter. Submissions should focus on cutting-edge issues impacting people and communities with disabilities. The winner will have their original work published in the fourth volume of the Disability Law Journal. The winner will also have the opportunity to present their work at a public event upon publication of Volume 4.

We will notify students of the acceptance of their submission by January 10, 2021. While we are excited to read all the Notes submitted, we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be published.

Students should submit work to DLJ@lawnet.ucla.edu with the subject line, “Note Competition Submission” by Thursday, December 23, 2021. Submissions should be attached to the email in .doc or .docx format. The attached flyer contains all of our submission requirements. Students should write to us directly as soon as possible to request any necessary accommodations.

Deadline: December 23, 2021

Moot Court Competitions (deadline)

National Online Moot Court Competition

 

September 1: Problem released. Please view problem here
September 17:
Entry fee payment deadline
October 15:
Deadline for teams to provide brief grader and oral argument judges
November 2:
Brief deadline
January 7:
Drawing and Announcement of Brackets
January 13-15:
Preliminary Rounds
January 20:
Octofinal Rounds
January 21:
Quarterfinal Rounds
January 22:
Semifinal Rounds
January 23:
Final Round

Register here.

Deadline: November 2, 2020

27th Annual National Telecommunications and Technology Moot Court Competition

February 6-7, 2021
Virtually on Zoom

The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law Washington, D.C.

Registration deadline: Monday, December 7th, 2020

Please register soon as spots are limited.
Schools who register after the competition spots are full will be placed on a waitlist.

For further information and to register, please visit here.

Deadline: December 7, 2020

2022 National Online Moot Court Competition

This competition will feature:

40 teams

4 guaranteed rounds

Break to Octofinals

Participating teams must provide 1 brief judge and fill 10 oral argument judging slots (names due by October 15; link will be forwarded later to registering teams)

Entry fee of $250 (due by October 1; payment link will be forwarded later)

The problem will be released Monday, September 13th.

Briefs due Monday, November 1st

Schools may register one team (and indicate a desire to enter a second team) until September 13th. On September 13th, those teams that requested a second team will be added until we reach 40 teams. At that point, we will create a waiting list. Any registered team not paying the entry fee by October 1 will be replaced with a team from the waiting list.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

The Seventh Annual AUWCL National Health Law Writing

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

Deadline: December 9, 2021

UCLA Disability Law Journal Student Note Competition

The UCLA Disability Law Journal is seeking submissions for its fourth annual Student Note Competition. The DLJ is the only academic journal in the nation that focuses exclusively on Disability Law. Our Student Note Competition recognizes the best student scholarship in the field.

We are accepting submissions through Thursday, December 23, 2021.

We encourage students from all identity backgrounds who are enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school to enter. Submissions should focus on cutting-edge issues impacting people and communities with disabilities. The winner will have their original work published in the fourth volume of the Disability Law Journal. The winner will also have the opportunity to present their work at a public event upon publication of Volume 4.

We will notify students of the acceptance of their submission by January 10, 2021. While we are excited to read all the Notes submitted, we cannot guarantee that all submissions will be published.

Students should submit work to DLJ@lawnet.ucla.edu with the subject line, “Note Competition Submission” by Thursday, December 23, 2021. Submissions should be attached to the email in .doc or .docx format. The attached flyer contains all of our submission requirements. Students should write to us directly as soon as possible to request any necessary accommodations.

Deadline: December 23, 2021

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