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.
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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.
The 2014-2015 academic year was a banner year with wins in competitions at all levels, including the Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition team winning the Western Regional and advancing to the national semi finals and our Lefkowitz Team taking first place in the Western Regionals and advancing to the nationals in Washington, D.C. In their final year, students can join the Moot Court Board.
The Moot Court Board
This board oversees the entire program including USF’s internal advocacy competition, the Advocate of the Year Competition, open to all USF students.
Alexandra Martin - firstname.lastname@example.org
External Advocacy Director
Cecilia Fierro - email@example.com
Internal Advocacy Director
Amber Eklof - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Moot Court Faculty
Director of the Moot Court Program,
Coordinator of the First Year Moot Court Program,
Assistant Professor of Legal Writing