Moot Court and Mock Trial at UC Irvine School of Law
Consistent with UCI Law School’s commitment to providing skills training for its students, the Law School has a vibrant Moot Court and Mock Trial program. This includes intra-school Moot Court and Mock Trial programs open to all second- and third-year law students and having students participate in national and international competitions.
After careful reflection, the Law School has decided that there will be no competitions involving first-year law students. The first year of law school has enough pressures without adding competitions and there are ample opportunities for students to participate in both Moot Court and Mock Trial in their second and third years.
Moot Court is a competition in which students write a brief and argue a case before an appellate court, usually the United States Supreme Court. The focal point of UCI Law's Moot Court program is its intra-school competition, in which students write their briefs in teams of two, but argue as individuals.
Students advance in the competition based on a combination of their brief and oral argument scores. Awards are given to the teams writing the top two briefs and to the two students reaching the final round of the competition.
The competition is open to all second-year UCI Law students and to all third-year UCI Law students who have not previously advanced beyond the preliminary round in a UCI Law Moot Court competition. Prior competitors who did not advance past the first round are eligible to participate again. All rounds of the competition will be judged by distinguished members of the bench and bar.
Additionally, UC Irvine School of Law will continue to send teams to national and international competitions. Generally, UCI Law will send third-year students who have successfully competed in the intra-school competition during their second year. Any students interested in competing in external competitions should e-mail the Moot Court Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Law School’s Moot Court program is supported by a generous gift from Experian and Jones Day, and is a student-run program with two faculty advisors.
Contact the Moot Court Board at email@example.com.
In 2011-2012, the UCI Law School will field its inaugural team in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest moot court competition.
More details on the UCI Law Jessup Competition page.
A mock trial competition allows students, in small teams, to conduct a trial usually in front of a jury. The case might be a civil or a criminal trial.
UCI Law School will conduct its first intra-school mock trial competition in the Fall 2011 semester; any second- or third-year student can participate. More details on the UCI Law Mock Trial page.
Beginning in 2012-13, the Law School will begin sending teams of students to participate in national mock trial competitions. It is generally expected that these will be third-year students who participated in the intra-school competition during their second year of law school.