Moot Court

Moot Court

Moot Court
2017-2018 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 Hannah Oswald at

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Recent News

2nd 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 be returning to Notre Dame in November. More information can be found here.

Law School Students Earn Moot Court Honors

Several of Notre Dame Law School’s Moot Court participants picked up honors in February 2017 at competitions in San Francisco and Chicago.

Six members of the Notre Dame Moot Court Board competed in the 2016-17 American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition in San Francisco.

Matthew Ciulla, Christina Dines, James Eckart, Diego Freire, Brian Mauldin, and Curtis Tate – all 3Ls – competed against 32 teams from across the country at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in the Phillip Burton Federal Building.

The team of brief writer Eckhart and oralists Mauldin and Tate advanced to the Round of 16. Dines, president of the Notre Dame Moot Court Board, earned a Top 10 Best Advocate Award, placing ninth out of 64 oralists.

Also in February, the Notre Dame Law School Jessup International Moot Court Team competed in the Jessup Midwest Regionals in Chicago. The team, which included 3Ls Jason Chrestionson, Ciara Dineen, Sara Gordon, Lauren Kuehn, and Emily Logue, advanced to the quarterfinals.
The Jessup Competition is the oldest and largest international moot court competition in the world. The competition is a simulation of a dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. It requires participants to be knowledgeable about international law and to persuasively advocate for their country before a panel of judges, who are often international law experts.

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Kayla Clark, Hope Tone, and Shannon Lewry took first place at the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup in March in Washington, D.C. The final rounds took place at the Newseum. The team was sponsored by the Constitutional Structure Program.

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Rob Myers and Christine Fimognari won best brief and advanced to the semi finals at the ISBA moot court tournament in March in Indianapolis.