Moot Court Honors Program

Moot Court Honors Council

The Moot Court program is one of John Marshall's five Honors programs and is highly regarded within the legal community. Last year, John Marshall moot court teams won first place in the Tax and the Hispanic Bar Association competitions and also received many other brief and oralist awards. To be eligible as a candidate for Moot Court Honors Council, a student must be in the top third of his/her class and must have successfully completed LS III: Herzog Competition with a grade of B or better. Herzog Competition award winners are also automatically eligible to be candidates. In addition to being a prestigious academic honor, candidacy in the Moot Court Honors Council provides an excellent opportunity to prepare for participation in one of the numerous moot court competitions John Marshall enters each semester.

Candidate responsibilities include working closely with board members on various activities and duties throughout the semester, assisting with the Herzog Competition as bailiffs or floor managers, and staffing the Moot Court Office for two hours each week. Through these activities, candidates will get to know the board members and more fully understand the Moot Court program. Being involved in Moot Court is a great opportunity to enhance your John Marshall experience and can be done in conjunction with other honors programs.

After completing the candidacy program, you will become a Moot Court Honors Council member and may apply for a position on the Moot Court Executive Board for the following semester. All Board members receive partial tuition waivers and the option of receiving course credit.

Activities

Undergraduate Moot Court Competition (in Collaboration with ILLSA)

The Moot Court Program is coordinating with the Illinois Latino Law Students Association (ILLSA) to run the first Undergraduate Moot Court Competition. The Undergraduate Competition is part of the pipeline competition program that attempts to increase the number of hispanic students who pursue a legal education. The competition will run during the ILLSA forum in the spring semester, and the winning team will be awarded a scholarship.

1L Moot Court Competition

During the summer of 2014, the Moot Court Executive Board will proudly host the Sixth Annual 1L Moot Court Competition. All students with an anticipated graduation date of May 2016 or later (who have not competed in the Herzog competition) are invited to participate; however, the competition will be limited to the first 50 teams of two that enter. (If you do not have a partner, we will assign one to you.)

All teams receive training on the art of appellate advocacy, receive lectures, and meet with student teaching assistants. The competition focuses exclusively on oral advocacy. There is no brief written in support of a position. Oral arguments are held in the Federal Dirksen Building in front of practitioners and judges from the Chicago legal community.

The problem will include legal support for the assertions and will encompass two issues. Each team member will argue one of the issues. Participants are limited to arguing only the support listed within the problem. No outside support is allowed.

See the 2013 Competition Results

If you have questions about the competition or how to get involved, please contact Linda McHugh.