Pitt Law’s student-run Moot Court Board administers three competitions each year.
The Appellate Competition takes place in the fall semester and is open to all second- and third-years. Teams of two students write an appellate brief and then orally argue the case. The competition is run in conjunction with the Federal Appellate Advocacy class. Students who take the class are automatically registered for and compete in the competition. However, students who do not take Federal Appellate Advocacy are also permitted to compete. Information about registration is publicized early in the fall semester. The first-place and runner-up teams receive cash prizes.
The Negotiations Competition takes place early in the spring semester. It is the only competition in which first-year students are allowed to participate. Students compete in teams of two, crafting a negotiation strategy in response to the competition problem. Opposing teams implement their respective negotiation strategies during a meeting with one another held in front of competition judges. The first-place and runner-up teams receive cash prizes.
Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition
The Murray S. Love Competition takes place in the spring semester and is open to all second- and third-years. Students compete in teams of two, delivering opening statements and closing statements, and conducting direct examination and cross examination of witnesses (including making evidentiary objections) in a mock case. The first-place and runner-up teams receive cash prizes.