Participation and Policies
All law students may participate in the Moot Court program. First-year students are limited to helping in roles as bailiffs, clients, witnesses and time keepers. Second- and third-year students may compete so long as they have signed and submitted the Participation Agreement.
Resume Rule: you cannot put Moot Court competitions on your resume until you've actually competed. Signing up for a competition does not suffice; you must have actually competed in order to list a competition on your resume. Read the complete Resume Rule to make sure you accurately describe your moot court participation on your resume.
Why does professionalism matter? Moot Court involves the efforts of your peers and faculty, as well as the time of federal judges. Professionalism also matters because there is very little wiggle room in the schedule. We understand that the calendar is busy, but we have informed you of the time commitments involved with each competition. If you sign up, you must compete.
Our Mission is to:
Provide students with varied, intellectually challenging opportunities to develop and refine oral and written advocacy skills in real world settings;
Develop a sophisticated Moot Court program that demonstrates excellence in external competitions; and
- Enhance competitors' confidence, competence, and professionalism.