UCI Law Moot Court Competition

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. UCI Law's Moot Court program is a student-run program with two faculty advisors. Its focal point is an 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.

Who Can Participate?

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.

External Moot Court Competitions

Additionally, UC Irvine School of Law will continue to send teams to national and international competitions. UCI Law will only end third-year students who have successfully competed in the intra-school competition during their second year.  No exception will be granted.

Students can access the school’s External Competition Policy and application form on the External Competitions page

View a partial list of external moot court competitions >

Benefits

Learn about the benefits of competing in Moot Court.

2018-2019 Moot Court Board

The UC Irvine School of Law Moot Court Board is comprised of third-year students who successfully participated in Moot Court previously. This year’s Moot Court Board consists of the following members:

  • President: Kate Wetz
  • Vice President of Internal Competition: Katie Rice
  • Vice Presidents of Bench Brief: Emily Satifka and Christopher Smallwood
  • Vice President of Judicial Relations: Farnaz Salessi
  • Vice President of Administration: Desiree Murray

Current Competition

The questions presented for this year's competition are as follows:

  1. Whether public schools may, consistent with the First Amendment, impose discipline on students for speech conducted entirely off campus?
  2. If schools may impose discipline on students for such off-campus speech without ipso facto violating the First Amendment, under what circumstances is such discipline permissible?
  3. Did the school’s discipline of Petitioner in this case comport with these standards?

Past 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 Moot Court, Mock Trial and Negotiations/Transactional competitions in their second and third years.