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Moot Court Competitions/The Moot Court Board

In House Moot Court Competition

The Law School’s in-house Moot Court program, The Keedy Preliminaries, is open to all 2Ls. The winners of that competition become the Keedy Cup teams, the next highest placing group become members of the National Moot Court Competition team, and the next group are asked to join the Moot Court Board (see below).

External Moot Court Activities

Available to Penn Law Students

A number of Moot Court Competitions are held around the country each year. Law schools are invited to field teams to participate. The Legal writing office provides information online about such competitions. When invitations, brochures, or announcements arrive at the Law School, they are placed online. Placement online does not indicate acceptance of these competitions as approved Law School activities. Students may seek academic credit and financial support under the system outlined below.

Approval Process for Extramural Moot Court Activities

(1) Students wishing to participate in a Moot Court Competition must obtain permission of a faculty member, who will function as the group’s supervisor. They also must obtain permission of the Law School’s Dean of Students, who will oversee the overall program.

(2) It is anticipated that students interested in forming teams will handle the mechanics of selection of team members. In those cases where there are more students interested than there are spots available in the specific Moot Court program, the faculty member may determine which students will constitute the team.

(3) Faculty supervisors determine the credit granted to the competition. Typically, such Moot Court programs will carry 2 sem. hrs. The Senior Writing Requirement can not be satisfied through brief-writing.

(4) The Dean of Students shall determine the amount of financial support granted to each team. Support is limited and early application is advised. Support will only be granted to students eligible to receive academic credit for their participation.

(i) Financial Support for Moot Court Competitors may include: the Competition’s registration fee (if any), as approved by the Dean of Students; copying of briefs if produced at the Law School during regular school hours; first-class U.S. postage. Travel and hotel may be approved. Meals are not included.

(ii) Students are personally responsible for debts incurred due to late production and posting of briefs.

The Moot Court Board

The Penn Law Moot Court Board is composed of 14 student members, who are chosen in the spring of their second year through participation in the Appellate Advocacy II competition.

Board members assist the Appellate Advocacy instructors (as needed), and develop and administer the Keedy Cup competition and the Appellate Advocacy II competition, under the supervision of the Director of The Legal Research and Writing Program.

Moot Court Competition Approval/ Registration Forms can be obtained from the Assistant to the Associate Dean for Students. One form must be completed and turned in to the Registrar by each student registering for credit for a competition.

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