USF's Moot Court Program helps you build the advocacy and leadership skills required of today's legal professionals. The program incorporates a range of opportunities to practice hands-on oral advocacy and brief writing skills, while also giving students, alumni, and practitioners a forum for networking and collaboration.
Students first participate in Moot Court through their Legal Research, Writing, and Analysis class where they research and write a complex legal brief. After being coached by our legal writing faculty and a Moot Court student case counsel, the students end the semester with an oral argument in front of visiting judges.
Students who excel in the program join the advanced moot court programs as student leaders in their second year. Some become case counsel and work directly with a member of the legal writing faculty to both develop the problem that the first year students will work on and assist in the classroom. Other students join one of our prestigious and very successful advocacy teams. We send teams to competitions, including the National Moot Court Competition and the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
As a Vietnamese-American and first-generation college and law student, our team’s first place win at regionals has proven to me that success knows no boundaries. This competition is one of the most defining experiences of my legal education.”
Nguyen La ’18 Winner, Western Regional Division, International Trademark Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition