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Interscholastic Competitions

The competitions listed here are the ones that Pitt Law has been entering regularly. This list is not necessarily exhaustive. Opportunities to try out for competition teams are publicized by email and other means throughout the academic year, though mostly in the fall semester. If you are interested in a particular competition, contact the professor listed for that competition, the Hon. D. Michael Fisher, Distinguished Jurist Fellow, or the Competitions Director, Professor Paige Forster.


Mock Trial

Students can qualify to represent Pitt Law at these competitions either by winning the Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition as a second-year student, or through merit-based selection in the school’s Mock Trial Program. For more information, contact Mock Trial Coordinator Michael Gianantonio.


Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County (ATLAC) Mock Trial Competition

Allegheny Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition >


American Association for Justice (AAJ) Student Trial Advocacy Competition

AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition >


Texas Young Lawyers Association (TYLA) National Trial Competition

Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition >


Buffalo Niagara Trial Competition

Buffalo Niagara Trial Competition >


American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition

American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Student Trial Advocacy Competition >


Moot Court (Appellate)

National Moot Court Competition

This competition is sponsored by the New York City Bar Association. If a second-year student wins the law school’s intramural Appellate Competition, he or she qualifies automatically for a spot on the subsequent year's National team. In addition, any upper-year student can try out for the remaining spots on the team during the fall semester. Local practitioners selected by Pitt Law serve as coaches for this team. For more information, contact Professor Ben Bratman.

National Moot Court Competition (appellate) >


National Energy Moot Court Competition (appellate)

This competition is sponsored by the West Virginia University College of Law in Morgantown, West Virginia. Students can qualify to represent Pitt Law through tryouts held during the fall semester. The problem is released in early January, the brief is due in mid-February, and the oral phase of the competition is in mid-March. Local practitioners selected by Pitt Law serve as coaches for the team. For more information, contact Professor Paige Forster.

National Energy Moot Court Competition >


American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition

This patent litigation competition is sponsored by AIPLA, an association of IP practitioners. Teams are selected in the Fall in internal tryouts and are advised throughout the academic year by full-time Pitt Law faculty and experienced practitioners from the Pittsburgh intellectual property bar. 

For more information, contact Professor Michael Madison.

Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition >


Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition

This competition is sponsored by Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University in New York City. Teams are selected in the Fall in internal tryouts and are advised throughout the academic year by full-time Pitt Law faculty and experienced practitioners from the Pittsburgh intellectual property bar. 

For more information, contact Professor Michael Madison.

 

Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communicaitons Law Moot Court Competition >


National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition 

This competition is sponsored by the Pace University Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains, New York. The competition is distinctive in that three adverse teams argue the issues, reflecting the fact that environmental litigation frequently involves multiple parties - the government, a public interest group, and a member of the regulated industry. Students are selected through an application and interview. For more information, contact Professor Grant MacIntyre.

Approximate dates:

  • Selection process in mid-September
  • Problem distributed in early October
  • Brief due right before Thanksgiving break
  • Competition held in late February

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition >


Transactional

National Health Law Transactional Competition

This competition is sponsored by the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The competition exposes law students to the core competencies of the corporate and regulatory practice of health care law. Teams provide legal advice on a potential business opportunity to a hypothetical health care client. For more information, contact Professor Mary Crossley.

National Health Law Transactional Competition >


International Law

For more information about Pitt Law's participation in any of these international moot court competitions, visit the moots page of the Center for International Legal Education or contact Professor Ronald Brand or Professor Charles Kotuby

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot >


Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition >


LLM International Commercial & Investment Arbitration Moot

LLM International Commercial & Investment Arbitration Moot >