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Moot Court

Sharpen your legal skills in simulated appellate court proceedings as part of Georgia Law's Moot Court teams.

Participating on a Moot Court team gives you the opportunity to draft briefs and present oral arguments, appear before federal and state justices and judges and travel to local, regional and national competitions.

Georgia Law's Moot Court program is supported by committed faculty members and Moot Court alumni who volunteer to judge practice rounds of oral arguments.

Who Can Participate

Membership on the Moot Court teams is reserved for 2nd and 3rd year law students.

1st year students have the opportunity to present an appellate argument during the spring semester of their legal research and writing class. After presenting this argument, students may elect to participate in the Richard B. Russell Moot Court Competition and try out for the first 8 spots on the Georgia Law Moot Court team.

Winning History

Georgia Law's Moot Court teams boast an impressive reputation, winning some of the most difficult appellate tournaments in the country, including:

American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition

            Nationals:
            Finalists- 2005
            Semifinalists- 2012
            Quarterfinalists- 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2016
      
            Regionals:
            Champions- 1977, 1984, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002,
            2003, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2016
            Finalists- 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990,2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
            Semifinalists- 2016, 2017

National Moot Court Competition

            Nationals:
            Champions- 1991-92, 1996-97, 2013-14
            Finalists- 2012-13
            Semifinalists- 1974-75, 1982-83, 1988-89, 1992-93, 1993-94, 2002-03
            Quarterfinalists- 1977-78, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82, 1986-87, 1995-96,  2003-04,
            2005-06, 2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11

            Regionals:
            Champions- 1967-68, 1969-70, 1973-74, 1974-75, 1976-77, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1980-81,
            1982-83, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1988-89, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1993-94, 1994-95, 1995-96,
            1996-97, 1997-98, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2009-10, 2013-14
            Finalists- 1965-66, 1981-82, 1987-88, 1998-99, 2005-06, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13
            Semifinalists- 1962-63, 1963-64, 1968-69, 1983-84, 2011-12, 2015-16
            Quarterfinalists- 2016-17

Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition

            Champions- 2002, 2006, 2014
            Finalists- 2003, 2004
            Semifinalists- 2007, 2010, 2012, 2017
            Quarterfinalists- 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016

J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Competition

            Champions- 2016
            Quarterfinalists- 2017

Mercer University School of Law National Legal Ethics and Professionalism Moot Court Competition

             Champions- 2011, 2012 (first and second)
             Finalists- 2014
             Semifinalists- 2015
             Quarterfinalists- 2013

Hulsey/Gambrell Moot Court Competition (GA v. FL) (formerly the Hulsey-Kimbrell Moot Court Competition)

            Champions- 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999,
            2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015

Intrastate Moot Court Competition

            Champions- 1968, 1969 (first and second), 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1979,
            1983, 1984, 1986 (first and second), 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 (first and second), 1994,
            2001 (first and second), 2002, 2003 (first and second), 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 (first and
            second), 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 (first and second), 2016
            Finalists-1976, 1977,  1982, 1985, 1993, 2014, 2017
            Semifinalists- 1999, 2000, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

Philip C. Jessup International  Law Moot Court Competition

            World Champions- 1990
            World Champion Finalists- 1991
            World Champion Semifinalists- 1994,1996
            World Champion Quarterfinalists-1981, 2001, 2002

            Nationals:
            Champions- 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996
            Finalists- 1981, 2001, 2002

            Regionals:
            Champions- 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2002, 2004,
            2010
            Finalists- 1970, 1972, 1978, 1980, 1992, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 
            Semifinalists- 1971, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2016
            Quarterfinalists - 2011, 2015

Frederick Douglass  Moot Court Competition

            Nationals:
            Finalists- 1989
            Semifinalists- 1988, 2008
            Quarterfinalists- 2006, 2010

            Regionals:
            Champions- 1988, 2008
            Finalists- 1984, 1989, 1990, 2010
            Semifinalists- 1986, 2006, 2010
            Quarterfinalists- 2009

Emory National Civil Rights and Liberties Moot Court Competition

            Champions- 2007
            Finalists- 2012
            Semifinalists- 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2015

Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

            Quarterfinalists- 2010, 2011

Evan A. Evans National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition

            Champions- 2010

National First Amendment Moot Court Competition

            Champions- 1997, 2006, 2008, 2013
            Finalists- 2001, 2004
            Semifinalist- 2007
            Quarterfinalists- 1999, 2000, 2002

Andrews Kurth Kenyon Moot Court National Championship

            Champions- 2014
            Semifinalists- 2015, 2017

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

            Notable finishes: 2010 (top 32 teams), 2011 (top 32 teams), 2012 (top 16 teams), 2014 (top 16
            teams), 2016 (top 8 teams)

William B. Spong Invitational Moot Court Competition

            Champions- 1994, 1997
            Finalists- 1998
            Semifinalists- 1995, 1999, 2000
            Quarterfinalists- 2001

Additional opportunities are offered through Moot Court exchanges with Gray's Inn of London, England, and King's Inn of Dublin, Ireland.

For a complete history of Moot Court and Mock Trial wins, visit the winning reputation page.

Executive Board

  • 2017-2018 Executive Moot Court Board
    Chair: Lauren Crim
    Vice Chair: Max Wallace
    Russell Director: Kaitlin Fain
    Russell Coordinators: Paige Nettles, Surya Pavuluri
    Talmadge Director: Liz Tarver

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