University of Pittsburgh

Appellate Competition

The Appellate Competition, administered by the Moot Court Board, begins in the fall semester. In previous years, the later rounds have extended into the spring semester, with the final round taking place in February. However, beginning in 2010-2011, the Appellate Competition will begin and end in the fall semester. Registration usually takes place during the first and second weeks of classes during the fall semester.

Competition Requirements

Participating students compete as individuals and are required to complete a written brief, usually due in mid to late September. Oral argument rounds are similar to the appellate oral argument rounds that first-year students complete in Legal Analysis & Writing. To earn one academic credit, participating students must attend a one-hour lecture on appellate advocacy, achieve a passing score on the written brief, and complete one oral argument round in good faith. There is a registration fee of $20.

Information regarding registration appears in the first E-Docket of the fall semester. Each year's competition has a Lexis Webcourse page, and once registered, competitors should consult it for rules, schedules, etc.

For the Winners...

The top finisher wins the Appellate Competition Award. The top two second-year student finishers qualify automatically to represent the school in the National Moot Court Competition during the subsequent year as third-year students.

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