Moot Court Overview

Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition in Appellate Courtroom

Marquette University Law School students have many opportunities to participate in moot court. Marquette University law students have excelled at national moot court competitions. Students also participate in the law school's intramural Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition during the spring semester.

Appellate Writing and Advocacy

First, students interested in moot court have the chance to hone their briefing writing and oral argument skills in the Appellate Writing and Advocacy course, offered each fall. The course teaches students about how to handle an appeal from start to finish. Students in the course review a mock record, develop and research legal arguments, write briefs, and present oral arguments. Completion of the Appellate Writing and Advocacy course is a prerequisite to participation in other moot court competitions. At the end of the course, each student receives a ranking according to his or her grade on the brief and the oral argument, and that ranking (as well as satisfaction of any additional prerequisites) determines the student's eligibility for participation in the Marquette University Law School Honors Moot Court Competition in the spring semester.

Marquette University Law School Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition

The top students (typically 16-20) from the Appellate Writing and Advocacy course are invited to compete (in two-person teams) in the Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition in the spring semester. Jenkins Honors Moot Court Competition teams research and prepare briefs, which they submit in late February, and then compete in quarter-final, semi-final, and final rounds of oral argument in March and April.

National Moot Court Competition

Marquette University Law School is proud to host the 2016 Region VIII Regional Round of the 67th National Moot Court Competition on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20. The New York City Bar and the American College of Trial Lawyers have sponsored this competition since 1950. The winners advance to the final rounds held at the New York City Bar. This nationally recognized competition allows law students to hone their appellate advocacy skills by arguing before prominent members of our profession.

External Moot Court Competitions

Marquette University Law School routinely and successfully participates in a variety of national moot court competitions. During the 2016-2017 school year, MULS students will compete in thirteen different competitions, including the National Moot Court Competition and the National Appellate Advocacy Competition. In fall 2013, the Law School won the Region VIII Round of the National Moot Court Competition. In fall 2014, the Law School won Best Petitioner's Brief and were semifinalists in the Region VIII Round of the National Moot Court Competition.