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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:
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.
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 Additional Moot Court Competitions:
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.
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.
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.
Pace hosts a number of prestigious inter-school competitions including: