Welcome to the Rutgers-Camden Moot Court Competition page. These intra and interscholastic competitions are open to participation by second and third year law students. Generally, these competitions contain both a brief writing component as well as an oral argument competition. Participation requirements for each competition vary, as do the application procedures.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete one or more courses directed to the kind of skills the desired competition features prior to entering such competition (e.g. trial advocacy, client counseling, etc.). Students are also strongly encouraged to take the underlying substantive course upon which the competition is based (e.g. International Law course for Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition). For competitive applications, preference will be given to students who have already competed in the Hunter Moot Court Competition. For more specific information, contact the individual or entity listed for each competition, or Professor Jason Cohen, jayco@camden.rutgers.edu.

This page is divided into two sections: (1) those competitions for which Rutgers offers credit and/or funding; (2) those extracurricular competitions for which Rutgers does not currently offer credit but may offer some funding. The Rutgers for-credit competitions typically have faculty sponsorship coordination and/or approval. The extracurricular competitions are divided below by category, and offer a link to the hosting entity's informational page. If you are aware of a competition that is not listed below, please contact Professor Jason Cohen, jayco@camden.rutgers.edu to add the competition.

For credit moot courts

Appellate Advocacy: Hunter Moot Court
Hunter Moot Court is an advanced and year-long course, for  5 credits in which students prepare an appellate brief in two-person teams, while studying advanced materials about persuasion and public speaking. Students are selected to participate in the Hunter Moot Court during a try-out competition the prior academic year, just after the conclusion of spring semester final exams. The try-outs are based on an oral argument and on a grade received for a brief (LAWR II, specified upper level writing, or lawyering courses with brief-writing components). Students in the year-long program work on written advocacy in the fall semetser and oral advocacy in the spring. The program culminates with the competition in the spring semester. All inquiries regarding the Hunter Moot Competition and class should be directed to Professor Ruth Anne Robbins, ruthanne@camden.rutgers.edu. Rutgers students may also visit the  Hunter Moot Court  general web board, containing information about this year's competition and upcoming try-outs.

Appellate Advocacy: International Moot Court (Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition)
International Law Moot Court is a two semester course where students prepare for an appellate-style argument regarding a matter of international law. During the first semester, students write a memorial (international law brief) and prepare an oral argument for an intramural competition. The top students are selected by the International Law Moot Court advisor to participate in the interscholastic competition, which takes place in Washington, D.C. in early March. All inquiries regarding this competition should be directed to Professor Alex Kemeny.

Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition This competition involves various topical civil rights issues. The team is selected by a faculty advisor to participate in the National Black Law Students Association Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition. Inquiries regarding this competition should be directed to the faculty advisor, Robert Williams, rfw@camden.rutgers.edu, or Rutgers Black Law Students Association.

Trial Advocacy Competition
The National Student Trial Advocacy Competition is a component of this course, which seeks to develop a greater understanding of case preparation, examination skills, theory development, trial strategy, and techniques of persuasion. Students interested in enrolling in this course must contact Sandy Gavin, redgav@camden.rutgers.edu, Director of Advocacy Programs, for further details concerning the competition and to receive permission to enroll in this course.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot and Vis East
A team of students, selected by application from the Fall International Commercial Arbitration Course, enroll in the Spring Course International Commercial Arbitration Advocacy. The students participate in the Willem C. Vis Moot in Vienna, Austria or its sister moot in Hong Kong, the Vis East. The goal of this competition is to foster the study of international commercial law and arbitration for resolution of international business disputes. All inquiries regarding this competition should be directed to Tara Parvey, Esq. tparvey@yahoo.com or Erika Levin, Esq. erikalevin@gmail.com.

 

Extracurricular Competitions (no credit)

  Below is a list of regional and national moot court competitions, for which Rutgers may provide some funding. Rutgers-Camden's participation in these competitions is based largely upon student interest. Rutgers-Camden endeavors to pick the best qualified and most appropriate applicant(s) for slots on a team. If you are interested in participating in one of the following competitions (or a new one that you find interesting), please contact Professor Jason Cohen with the following information:

  • Cover letter indicating which moot court team you are applying to and why you should be selected as the best candidate.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Budget, if you seek any Rutgers' funding, with supporting documentation. Please note that all students wishing to participate in inter-school moot courts should be prepared to finance at least fifty percent of the expense of travel, hotel and meals. Participation will be conditioned on an undertaking to this effect. Budgets should include transportation costs (air, rail or rental car); lodging; registration fees; projected costs for meals and other incidentals (taxi fare or parking, etc).
  • Financial aid papers for a determination of need. The Law School's decision on funding will be based largely upon the level of the student's need in this regard.
  • Any other information you deem relevant to the application process

ARBITRATION
ABA Arbitration Competition
ABA Arbitration Forum, St. Petersburg, FL

ADMIRALTY LAW
Judge John R. Brown Moot Court Competition
Location rotates each year

CIVIL RIGHTS
Luke Charles Moore Invitational
Howard University, Washington, DC
William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition
University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, MN

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition
University of Wisconsin Law School, Madison, WI
William B. Spong Invitational Moot Court Tournament
William & Mary School of Law, Williamsburg, VA

CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
Herbert J. Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition
University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, NY
National Criminal Procedure Tournament
University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
International Environmental Moot Court Competition
Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, FL
National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

GENERAL
Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition
Location rotates each year

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition
International Trademark Association, Washington, DC

INTERNATIONAL LAW
Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition
American University Washington College of Law, Washington, DC
Niagara Cup International
Canada-United States Law Institute, Lancing, MI

JUVENILE LAW
National Juvenile Moot Court Competition
Whittier Law School, Costa Mesa, CA

LABOR LAW & EMPLOYMENT LAW
ABA Employment Law Trial Advocacy Competition
Chicago, Illinois

PRIVACY LAW
International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law
The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL

SPACE LAW
Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
Rotates locations every year

TAX LAW
Albert R. Mugel National Tax Moot Court Competition
University at Buffalo Law School, Buffalo, NY

Also, for information on new competitions and updates on established competitions, you may want to visit the Moot Court Blog.

 

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