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Moot Court

Each year, approximately half of the second year class participates in the College of Law’s Prize Moot Court Competition.  Teams of two students research and write an appellate brief and participate in several rounds of oral arguments.  The final argument is an annual highlight of the spring semester at the College of Law.  Distinguished jurists and members of the legal community sit on the panel of judges for the final argument.

Members of the Moot Court Society participate in the formulation of the Prize Moot Court problem, the administration of the program, and the judging of arguments in other programs.  Membership in the Moot Court Society is automatically conferred upon any eligible full-time student at the College of Law who registers and competes in the NIU Prize Moot Court Competition.  The Moot Court Board is headed by a chief justice and a number of associate justices.  The Assistant Dean is the faculty advisor.

Members are also eligible for membership on teams which participate in regional and national competitions.   

Co-Curricular Moot Court Competitions include:

  • National Moot Court Competition
  • John Marshall International Moot Court Competition in Information Technology and Privacy Law
  • Chicago Bar Association Moot Court Competition
  • ISBA Moot Court Competition
  • International Law Jessup Cup Competition
  • National Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
  • ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition

Additional information about  Moot Court, including current competitions and board members, can be found on the Moot Court Society pages.

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