The Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition is a national moot court competition that focuses primarily on public law and topics of particular relevance to law students of color. Competing in teams of two, competitors must submit briefs in the middle of the fall semester and argue orally for a minimum of three rounds at regionals early in the spring semester. The top three teams from regionals advance to the national competition. Columbia competitors are coached by upperclass students and participate in several practice oral arguments in preparation for the competition rounds. The competition is open to all members of the National Black Law Students Association, which does not restrict its membership. In the spring semester, first-year students are required to rewrite their briefs under the close supervision of their assigned Moot Court student editors.
This moot court may serve as a substitute for L6679 Foundation Year Moot Court for first-year students, with permission of faculty Moot Court Director.
Minor writing credit available for upperclass students upon submission of completed brief to the Faculty Director of the Moot Court Program for review.