Intellectual Property Moot Courts / Prof. Madison

Apply now to compete for Pitt Law in the annual Giles Sutherland Rich (patent law/trade secret law) and the Cardozo/BMI (copyright/trademark/entertainment) Moot Court Competitions. The competitions themselves take place next Spring, in Boston (Giles Sutherland Rich) and New York (Cardozo). Pitt Law traditionally sends one two-person team to each competition.

No prior coursework or work experience in IP is required to be selected to compete. These are appellate advocacy competitions that involve brief writing and oral advocacy before panels of senior IP lawyers and federal judges, with extensive mentorship from long-serving expert practitioners in Pittsburgh. Outstanding performance in past competitions by Pitt Law students has led directly to job opportunities and other career advancement.

Expenses associated with students’ participating in and travelling to the competitions are paid by Pitt Law. Academic credit is available for students who complete the competitions.

Each competition is open to any second or third year JD student. Any student who would like to apply and be considered for either team should submit a writing sample of the student’s choice (any length, any format, any type of legal writing), along with a current resume, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017 to Professor Madison’s assistant in Room 514C.

If lots of students submit applications, a mock oral argument session may be scheduled as part of the team tryout.

If you have questions, please contact Prof. Madison.