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Moot Court Competitions

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

Below is a listing of several different moot court competitions by deadline. For more information about upcoming moot court competitions, as well as advice for moot court competitors, see The Bench Brief.

Moot Court Competitions 

Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition

Deadline: November 17, 2023

The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from 700 law schools in 100 countries and jurisdictions. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.

Team Registration will open August 1, 2023

September 15, 2023: Anticipated Release of the Jessup Problem

November 17, 2023: Registration deadline

Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition

Deadline: December 1, 2023

The Gabrielli Family Law Competition is a national event open to the first 28 teams to complete the registration materials and submit payment. Teams must consist of two or three competitors who are currently enrolled in law school. The Competition involves both written and oral advocacy skills, which will be judged by prominent members of the local bar, state and federal judges, Albany Law School professors, and members of the Albany Law Moot Court Board.

The Competition will be held March 1-2, 2024 at Albany Law School. The Competition Problem will be available December 1, 2023.

UCLA School of Law Disability Law Journal Student Note Competition

Deadline: December 22, 2023

Submission Deadline
Friday, December 22, 2023
at 10:00 PM PST
Submit as .doc or .docx to

The UCLA Disability Law Journal recognizes the best student
scholarship in the field of Disability Law. Submissions should focus on a
cutting-edge legal issue affecting individuals and communities with
disabilities. The winning Note will be published in the forthcoming sixth
volume of the Journal.

The competition is open to all students
enrolled in an ABA-accredited law school
during the 2023-2024 academic year.
Submissions must follow standard Note
format, including Bluebook (21st ed.) citation
form, and must be in English. Entries must be
no longer than 60 single- sided pages with
one-inch margins and 14-point Arial typeface,
double-spaced. The page limit includes
footnotes. Submissions should not have been
previously published or scheduled for
publication. Submissions are promise
exclusive to the Disability Law Journal until
January 25, 2024.

For more information:

Contact Alexis Russell at
(847) 452-7221

3rd Annual Tulane International Fútbol Negotiation Competition

Deadline: February 5, 2024

Competition Link: 3rd Annual Tulane International Fútbol Negotiation Competition

The TIFNC is a series of mock negotiations between competing schools modeled off the European Transfer market. Negotiations will take the form of a Free Transfer, a Buying Club v. Selling Club, or Buying Club v. Player’s Agent, mirroring the European transfer process. The rounds will be judged by industry professionals who have considerable experience with soccer contract negotiations.

1) Nation’s first soccer negotiation competition.
2) Showcase your knowledge of contracts & negotiation skills as a competitor.
3) Network with high profile industry professionals (see judges tab for the list).

The competition will take place IN PERSON in New Orleans this year. If anything changes due to extreme circumstances, we will let you all know, and partial refunds will be administered. We do not anticipate this happening.

There will be a reception for this competition at a local hotel. More details regarding this event will be provided at a later date.

Minimum of 2 competitors per team (unless they have contacted the Board and gotten approval from extenuating circumstances) and maximum of 3 competitors per team. Teams may only have 2 coaches. Teams from the same school may not use the same coaches during the Competition.

Teams are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis, and spots are limited. Registration will close on February 5th, 2024.

Schools that have a qualifying internal competition may register a team without specifying the team member during registration. In that case, the registration form must include the contact information of the person in charge of the school’s internal qualifying competition and/or the team coach. In addition, the school must submit the applicable registration fee.

Nell Hennessy Employee Benefits Moot Court Competition

Deadline: March 1, 2024

Sponsored by the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel, Inc. (ACEBC®) and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, this competition will feature 28 teams from across the country facing off in Washington, D.C. for $4,500 in prizes on March 1-2, 2024.

Named in memory of Nell Hennessey—a fearless advocate for the rights of employee benefit plan participants and retirees—this unique competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on critical issues in employee benefits appellate litigation.

Registration closes when the 28-team limit is reached. Find more information here.

Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition

Deadline: March 2, 2024

The competition will take place from Saturday, March 2, 2024 – Monday, March 4, 2024.

The Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition is widely recognized as one of the nation’s preeminent moot court competitions. The competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice.

Jointly sponsored by St. John’s University School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI), the competition is named in memory of St. John’s alumnus, former ABI Director and former Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein. ABI is the largest multidisciplinary membership organization devoted to research and education on insolvency issues. St. John’s is a leader in bankruptcy education and offers the premier LL.M. in bankruptcy law.