What is Moot Court?
“Moot court” at Pitt Law is a broad term that encompasses both internal (intramural) and external (interscholastic) competitions involving not just the traditional litigation settings of trial and appellate oral argument, but also arbitration, client counseling and negotiation. All second- and third-year students have the opportunity to participate in intramural moot court competitions and to try out for any of several law school teams that compete in interscholastic competitions.
The school’s two major intramural competitions, the Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition and the Appellate Competition, are general competitions in the sense that they do not focus on a particular area of law. They are organized and supervised by the University of Pittsburgh School of Law Moot Court Board, all of whose members are current students selected on the basis of academic merit and moot court experience. The school’s other intramural competitions are the Client Counseling Competition and the Negotiation Competition.
The faculty advisor to the Moot Court Board is Professor Ben Bratman.
Many of the interscholastic competitions to which the school sends teams concern a specific area of law. These include International Law, Intellectual Property Law, Health Law, Environmental Law, and others. The school also runs a mock trial program through which the school’s adjunct mock trial coach recruits, trains, and selects students to serve on any of several different school teams going to interscholastic mock trial competitions.
The Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
The Niagara International Moot involving US-Canada disputes
The Jessup International Moot for International Court of Justice cases