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Moot Court Competitions

Pace Law School students have a tremendous opportunity to represent the School in over twelve of the most prestigious national and international moot court competitions. Each fall, Pace Law School students are selected to represent the School in the moot court competitions listed below. Competition to participate is highly selective. Depending on the competition, selection to a team will be based on one of the following methods:

  1. Participation in many of the Moot Court Competitions is based on the student’s performance in the 1st year Moot Court Competition, and subsequent enrollment and successful completion of the Advanced Appellate Advocacy course, and performance in Pace’s internal Grand Moot Court Competition.
  2. Students may be selected for other Moot Court Competitions as designated by the Director of the Moot Court program based on their performance in a trial held in the fall of the academic year of the competition. The tryout will consist of a 10-15 minute oral argument on a selected moot court problem. Competitions are held in early September. All 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students are eligible to compete for these spots regardless of participation in Advanced Appellate Advocacy or Grand Moot Court.


Pace Law School's National and International Moot Court Competitions:

The National Moot Court Competition
The largest competition of its kind in the United States, the National Moot Court Competition attracts more than 200 teams from over 140 law schools. Pace Law School competes in the regional round in November, with the final round held in New York in early January or late February.

The Jessup International Moot Court Competition
The second-oldest moot in the country, the competition is recognized by practitioners and academics alike as one of the most prestigious in which law students participate.

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Held in Vienna in the spring, the Vis is the premiere international commercial law moot court, attracting students the world over. Sponsored by Pace Law School, the moot involves an arbitration of a contract of sale between two parties in countries that are signatories to the United Nation's Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

International Criminal Moot Court
Pace Law School is proud to initiate the International Criminal Court Moot Competition. The Pace ICC Moot is the first-of-its-kind event, open to the international law school community, and bringing together disparate legal traditions in the context of a simulated case before the International Criminal Court. The competition offers each team of students the opportunity to participate in three rounds of oral arguments, representing the Prosecutor, Defense and Victims’ Advocate.

American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition
This competition emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Students will argue a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court, which will involve writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and arguing the case in front of a mock court.

The International Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Held at Stetson University in Florida, the Competition provides law students the opportunity to explore issues of international environmental law in the context of a dispute before the International Court of Justice.

Dean Jerome Prince Evidence Competition
This competition is the only one of its kind dedicated to the appellate advocacy of criminal evidence issues. A previous panels of judges included the Honorable Judith S. Kaye, Chief Judge of the State of New York.

Animal Advocacy Moot Court Competition

Two-person teams from schools all over the country converge at Harvard Law School to argue a problem involving an area of Animal Law. The competition includes a separate contest for best closing argument.

Duberstein Moot Court Competition
The Duberstein Competition is the only national competition devoted to bankruptcy law. The event is co-sponsored each year by St. John’s University School of Law and the American Bankruptcy Institute. It is named in honor of Judge Conrad B. Duberstein, a former ABI Director, who was one of the longest-serving bankruptcy judges in the United States. A Faculty Advisor works with the students to develop the case problem on a topical and challenging set of issues. The American Bankruptcy Institute provides financial support in the form of cash prizes to student winners and a faculty stipend to St. John’s.

The National Black Law Students Association's Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition

Renowned as the premier Black legal advocacy competition, this program facilitates and promotes academic excellence. Each year more than 150 teams of Black law students have the opportunity to compete in oral advocacy at the national level and to connect with Black attorneys and judges. This Moot is organized by the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA), the largest student-run organization in America.

Thomas Tang Asian American Moot Court
The Thomas Tang National Moot Court Competition was founded in 1993 and administered by the NAPABA Law Foundation and the NAPABA Judicial Council. The Competition honors the late Judge Thomas Tang, a champion of individual rights, an advocate for the advancement of minority attorneys, an ardent supporter of NAPABA and the moot court competition. Judge Tang served on the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals from 1977 until his passing in 1995. The Competition is open to all students but is especially designed to reach out to APA law students and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their writing and oral advocacy skills and compete for scholarships.

American Constitution Society
The American Constitution Society (ACS) sponsors the Constance Baker Motley National Moot Court Competition in Constitutional Law. In the spirit of its namesake, the annual competition deals with an issue of constitutional law that concerns equality, liberty, and justice.

Clive M. Schmitthoff International Essay Competition
An annual event, Pace's Clive M. Schmitthoff International Essay Competition on uniform international commercial law has over the years attracted responses from scholars from thirty-three countries. Certificates of Merit are awarded to talented students and faculty mentors. Pace Law School has historically stressed the importance of legal writing. The essay event is designed to foster superior legal writing at every institute of higher learning.

The Pace University School of Law Grand Moot Competition

Pace Law faculty select 16 students to participate in this intra-law school moot court. The Moot involves an issue within the jurisdiction of the federal courts, with the final round argued before a bench of federal court judges. Students selected for this competition will be enrolled in a Spring Semester Appellate Advocacy Course where the problem that is the subject matter of the Moot will be researched and argued. Students will receive 2 credits for their participation in the Grand Moot Competition and the Appellate Advocacy Course. Competitive rounds will begin in late February and end in March.

Pace hosts a number of prestigious inter-school competitions including:

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Competition

International Criminal Moot Court Competition

The intra-school competition, which is the Pace Grand Moot Court Competition