Moot Court

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 Hannah Oswald at

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Third Annual Notre Dame National Appellate Advocacy Tournament

The Notre Dame Law School’s Moot Court Board is pleased to announce that the Notre Dame National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom will return to Notre Dame from November 16–17, 2018.

Registration for the 2018 National Appellate Advocacy Tournament for Religious Freedom is open. The final rules and schedule for the competition are found here. The 2018 Case Problem is found here.

The Tournament will bring together competitors, scholars, and practitioners in the field of religious freedom from across the country for a dialogue on a Religious Freedom topic.

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 contact with questions regarding registration or Tournament details.