Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
The Jessup Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations.
One team is allowed to participate from every eligible school. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case. Most teams must first compete in national and regional competitions (mostly held in January-March) to earn the right to advance to the White & Case International Rounds held every spring in Washington, D.C.
More information is available on the Jessup competition website: www.ilsa.org/jessup/.
The Jessup Competition is a demanding but very rewarding competition that offers an excellent opportunity for improving oral advocacy, writing, research, and collaboration skills, and for developing expertise on cutting-edge international legal issues.
Each year, a faculty selection committee will select up to five UCI Law students to participate. It is anticipated that application instructions will be distributed each year in late spring or early summer. Only second- and third-year law students are eligible.
Students interested in applying for next year's team should check back on this page for updated information.
2012-2013: UCI Law impresses again in Jessup Moot Court
The UCI Law team competing in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition performed exceptionally well at the Pacific Regional, Feb. 28–March 3, 2013, where it faced 21 other schools, including UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Hastings, UCLA, and USC.
The UCI Law team was undefeated in the first four rounds, defeated USC in the quarter-finals, and made it to the semi-finals with three other teams. Team members Celeste Ahl, Jenny Hua, Sabyl Landrum, Rebecca Liu and Kate Wagner wrote two outstanding briefs (called "memorials"), winning First Place in the overall rankings by a wide margin. Kate Wagner won Third Place out of 88 competitors for oral advocacy, and Celeste Ahl won Fourth Place.
All five team members together mastered extraordinarily complex facts and difficult international legal issues in this year’s problem. Full results here
2011-2012: Strong showing for Inaugural Jessup Moot Court team
UC Irvine School of Law's inaugural Jessup International Law Moot Court team advanced to the quarter-finals in the Pacific regional rounds of the competition, held March 1-4, 2012 at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, and ultimately finished 8th out of 24 schools.
Congratulations to team members Jenny Hua, Andrea LaFountain, Sabyl Landrum and Jean Su for this achievement, and for representing UC Irvine so well with their outstanding teamwork, professionalism and collegiality with the other teams.
And congratulations to Jean Su, who placed 4th out of more than 90 oralists at the competition, and Sabyl Landrum who placed 10th. Only two other schools in the Pacific region produced two or three top-10 oralists.
Many members of the UCI community supported the team, including students, faculty members and practicing lawyers who volunteered to judge the team's practice arguments throughout the semester.