Prospective Students

What is Moot Court, otherwise known as Appellate Advocacy?

  • Moot Court is a year-long program open to all 2Ls and 3Ls. The Spring semester course is optional.
  • In Moot Court, students learn how to present arguments on appeal. In contrast, a trial practice course teaches students how argue at the trial court level. Each course develops a different set of skills.

What happens in the Fall Semester?

  • Students enroll in Appellate Advocacy (410A).
  • The Moot Court Board coaches students over the course of six weeks to help students improve oral advocacy skills.
  • Student advocates present four competition-round arguments before panels of judges.

What happens in the Spring Semester?

  • Students enroll in Appellate Advocacy (410B).
  • Students write two appellate briefs.
  • Teams of two advocates write the first brief together and participate in two competition-round arguments.
  • Students write the second brief individually, edited under the supervision of the professors. This brief may satisfy the writing requirement.

What is Neumiller?

  • During the spring semester, the top two teams from the competition face off against each other in the Moot Courtroom before a panel of distinguished judges.
  • The argument is open to the public.

Why should I participate in Moot Court?

  • Have fun while developing appellate advocacy skills.
  • Represent King Hall at outside competitions.
  • Leverage an opportunity to win awards and boost your résumé.
  • Satisfy the writing requirement.
  • Gain eligibility to serve on the Moot Court Board.
  • Gain eligibility for the Order of Barristers.
Neumiller Competition



Rules of Court