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Moot Court Overview and Requirements

Moot courts are attracting attention as more law students in the U.S. and abroad seek to gain honor, experience, and professional exposure by playing a key role in a moot court. Moot courts give law students opportunities to research and litigate advanced hypothetical problems, compete with a team against other student attorneys, and receive professional feedback on their performance by peers, faculty, and the moot court itself.

Moot Courts Offered

Pace Law School sponsors and participates in a number of moot courts. Advised by Professor Lou Fasulo and other faculty members, Pace students participate as litigators in moot courts sponsored by legal associations and law schools in the U.S. and abroad. For moot courts sponsored by Pace, students create the hypothetical legal problem and serve as moot court judges. Students are selected via an application process to participate in moot courts.

Requirements

Moot courts are open to second- and third-year day and evening students. Students apply in the fall to participate in one or more moot courts. The faculty consider each student’s written application, writing sample, GPA, experience in the subject matter of the moot, and an oral advocacy performance before a panel of judges. Applicants receive a problem and written briefs from an earlier moot competition to prepare their oral arguments.

Student time commitments begin upon selection for a moot and continue through the spring date of the moot court. Students must leave room in their schedules to meet with advisors and team members for planning and rehearsals and to complete individual research and writing as assigned by the team. Students must plan to travel as necessary to participate fully in the scheduled moot court. 

Students are entitled to earn 2 academic credits (pass/fail) for participating in moot court competitions. In addition to the requirements for individual competitions, students must meet the requirements specified in LAW 872 to earn academic credit. Individual teams professors or advisors will make all decisions regarding academic credit.