ABA National Moot Court Competition

Sponsored by the American Bar Association, students participate in a regional competition in March. The regional competition consists of appellate-style argument in front of a panel of about five judges. Approximately 40 teams compete in the regional competition. Teams that advance compete in the National Competition in Chicago in early April. Director of Advocacy Barbara Kritchevsky coaches the team. For information on this competition and past issues, please visit the competition website.

Competition: February
Try-outs: November


Recent places Traveled:

  • Washington, DC (2016)

Recent participants:

  • Zach Johnson, Gale Robinson, Caroline Gordon (2016)
  • Mohammad Farraj, Briana Lynch, Sarah Appleton (2016)

Appellate brief and oral argument component. Recent topics:

  • Hate crimes and search and seizure (2016)

Recent achievements:

  • Finalists (2016, Washington DC)
  • Best brief: 4th place (2016, Washington, DC)
  • Zach Johnson: 5th Best Oral Advocate (2016, Washington, DC)

A student's perspective

"The experience I gained from this competition was invaluable in my Summer employment and I know I will be able to benefit from it after graduation."

- Zach Johnson

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition Past Results:

2011 National Top Sixteen
Regional Champions - 2010, 2011
National Second Place - 2008
National Best Advocate - 2008
Regional Champion - 2006, 2008
National Ninth Place - 2006
Regional Finalist - 2007
Regional Semifinalist - 2005