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The James Wilson Moot Court Tournament

The project’s capstone event is the James Wilson Project Moot Court Tournament. High school students from our partner schools compete against each other in an all-day moot court competition held at the Law School. The JWP Board develops a moot court problem, consisting of a fact set centered on a constitutional issue, case summaries, relevant statutes and other background material. The high school students then work with Penn Law Teaching and Coaching Fellows to navigate the problem, develop an argument and practice delivery of that argument. The James Wilson Moot Court Tournament gets the students on their feet and helps develop critical thinking, reasoning and oral advocacy skills.

On the day of the competition, the students participate in three rounds of oral arguments. The fourth and final round is between the two finalists and is judged by a panel of prominent attorneys and Penn Law professors.