The Moot Court program is a student run organization that coordinates intermural and intercollegiate competitions in appellate and international divisions.
Established in 1950, the Moot Court program provides an opportunity for students to develop their appellate advocacy skills. The program is administered by the Moot Court Board (a group of students selected to represent Notre Dame Law School in competitions) and guided by a faculty advisor.
Students are selected to the Moot Court Board after competing in the optional 1L Moot Court Competition and receiving an invitation to join the Board based on their 1L briefs and their performance in the competition. In the fall of their 2L year, Board members compete intramurally to determine placement on the Board’s various teams. In years past NDLS’ teams have competed in the National Moot Court competition, the ABA competition, the National Religious Freedom Competition, and the Jessup International Law Moot Court competition. The National team also performs the Showcase argument in front of a panel of sitting judges, watched by the 1L class.
Members of the Board also have the opportunity to argue actual cases in front of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Under the guidance of a local attorney, they take on a case representing a prisoner. In that capacity, they write a brief, a reply brief and argue the case before a three judge panel.
Students are entitled to one co-curricular credit for each semester that they participate in Moot Court.
For more information contact Moot Court Board President Sarah Gallo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moot Court Board Members
ABA team in San Francisco
Sarah Gallo and Pat Duffey at the National Religious
Freedom Moot Court competition
President: Sarah Gallo
1L Tournament Chair: Gracie Klock-Mills
2L Selection Chair: Patrick Duffey
Brief Writer Selection: Kyle Ratliff
Oralist Selection: Andrew Harris
GW/Showcase Team: Patrick Duffey
ABA: Mitch Moximchalk
7th Circuit: Dalton Patterson
Jessup: Chris Stewart
Jessup International Law
Moot Court Board Members:
Sarah GalloPatrick Duffey