Jessup Moot Court Past Competitions


UCI Law students advance to Jessup Moot Court quarterfinals
UC Irvine School of Law students finished another strong Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition season by advancing to the Pacific Region quarterfinal round. Advised by Prof. Christopher Whytock, the team — Alexander Ackel '16 and Zoe McKinney '16 as applicants, Saba Basria '15 and Shirley Kim '16 as respondents, and Elizabeth McCullough-Sanden '15 as of counsel — won three of four preliminary rounds and received a Top 10 memorial award on its way to joining seven other teams in the quarterfinals.

This marks UCI Law's fourth year of participating in the world's largest moot court competition. Members of the local legal community, along with UCI students and faculty, volunteered to judge practice rounds of oral arguments. View the full 2015 Pacific Regional Competition results (PDF) >.


UCI Law students place third in Jessup Moot Court Regionals
UC Irvine School of Law students continued a three-year tradition of exceptional performance in the annual Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, the world’s largest moot court competition. Team members Celeste Ahl, Saba Basria, Jessica Garland, Rebecca Liu and Elizabeth McCullough-Sanden, along with advisor Prof. Chris Whytock, attended the Pacific Regional Competition at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, Feb. 27-March 2, 2014. The team competed against 18 other law schools, was ranked third overall in the competition, and ultimately advanced to the semi-final round with three other teams.

The team attributes its success to the “overwhelming and positive support” from the entire UC Irvine community. Members of the local legal community and UCI students, alumni and faculty volunteered to judge practice rounds of oral arguments. View the full 2014 Pacific Regional Competition results (PDF) >


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. View the full 2013 Pacific Regional Competition results (PDF) >


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.