Moot Court

Moot Court

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2016-2017 Moot Court Board

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 Christa Dines at

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1st Annual Notre Dame National Appellate Advocacy Tournament

The Notre Dame Law School’s Moot Court Board is pleased to announce the first annual Notre Dame National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom. The Tournament will take place at Notre Dame Law School from November 11, 2016, to November 13, 2016.

The Tournament will bring together competitors, scholars, and practitioners in the field of religious freedom from across the country for a dialogue on this year’s case topic: the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.

The Board intends that this Tournament will encourage legal thought and practice in the realm of religious freedom, confirm our University’s commitment to academics in a community of faith, and welcome our peers and future colleagues in a way that embodies the spirit of Notre Dame.

Please click here to register for the 2016 National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom.

If you are interested in learning more about our religious freedom Tournament, please contact President Christina Dines at or Tournament Director Matthew Ciulla

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International Moot Court Competition on Law & Religion 2016 participants Matthew Ciulla, Christina Dines, Christina Milanese and Kyle Maury

Sarah Gallo and Pat Duffey at the National Religious
Freedom Moot Court competition