1L Moot Court Application Information
Application information for National and International Moot Courts are listed below. All applications are due Monday, September 24. For further information about each moot court, please review the 2012-2013 Moot Court Program.
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Moot Court
Twelve students will be selected for the AIPLA moot court this fall. Applications will be distributed at the information session on September 20. Interested students who are not able to attend the information session should contact Kristen Lovin directly for application materials. Applications will be due on September 24.
Environmental Law Moot Court
Students interested in the internal program may opt out of the application process. These students may sign up to join at our September 17 meeting or by email to Sara Nichols by September 24, 12pm. If interest exceeds the maximum of 12 students, a short statement of interest will be requested from those who do not submit applications for Pace.
Frederick Douglass Moot Court
Application information will be distributed during our information session on Monday, September 17 from 12:10 – 1:00 PM at WJWH L104. We will be seeking up to 16 participants.
Latino/a Law Students Association (LaLSA) Moot Court
Students will be chosen based on three criteria: (1) a short written brief, (2) an oral presentation, and (3) a statement of interest. The short written brief will require students to argue for or against a contentious constitutional law issue. All applicants will then have the opportunity to defend their position during oral arguments. In addition, students will be requested to submit a statement of interest discussing any experiences they feel are relevant to the selection process, including previous work or volunteer experiences.
Native American Law Students’ Association (NALSA)Moot Court
For more information on application procedures, please join us for our information session on Monday, September 17 from 12:10 – 1:00 PM.
European Law Moot Court
We will be selecting six to eight team members for the 2012-13 competition (two teams of three to four members each). We encourage 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and LL.M.s to apply. Knowledge of French (at any level of competency) is highly desirable. Previous exposure to European law and/or previous experience with public speaking or debate will be considered assets but are not required. We strongly encourage any interested students to apply. Our application timeline is as follows:
September 24: Resume and brief statement of interest to Abby Everdell and David Lefebvre.
September 26: Top candidates notified and invited back for oral tryouts.
ASAP thereafter: Oral tryouts and notification of acceptances.
Jessup International Moot Court
1Ls applying for the Columbia Jessup team will be requested to submit a short written brief arguing one side of a hypothetical contentious case before the ICJ. If selected to advance to the oral rounds, candidates will be requested to present a 10-minute argument for the opposite side of the same case. Candidates will occasionally be interrupted by judges with questions relating to their arguments. Participation on the Columbia team is a tremendously rewarding experience that gives students access to exceptional coaching in legal writing and oral advocacy, a forum for intellectually stimulating discussions on issues of international law, and a superb network of current and former participants.
Vienna International Arbitration Moot Court
Any full-time student at Columbia Law School may apply to join the Vis team at the beginning of each school year. 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls and LLM students not already licensed to practice law are all welcome. There are no course or language pre-requisites, but a background or interest in international commercial law or arbitration will be helpful.
Participation in VIS satisfies the moot court component of the Legal Practice Workshop for 1Ls.
The problem is released early in October, so we will take applications in mid-September and hold one to two days of try-outs.perience that gives students access to exceptional coaching in legal writing and oral advocacy, a forum for intellectually stimulating discussions on issues of international law, and a superb network of current and former participants.