The National High School Moot Court Competition brings together high school students from the United States and abroad to showcase their oral advocacy skills. Students compete in moot appellate arguments to test their understanding of cutting-edge legal questions. By focusing on the applicability of current legal issues to the high school setting, this competition provides students with a unique opportunity to strengthen their reasoning skills and increase their understanding of the Constitution and the judicial system. Hosted annually by American University’ Washington College of Law, this competition introduces competitors to 1st and 4th Amendment issues and other contemporary legal topics. All high school students are welcome to register and compete.
We encourage first time students and coaches to attend. No prior experience with moot court, mock, trial, debate, or any public speaking is necessary in order to successfully participate in the competition. We are happy to provide materials, including a lesson plan, for the first time coaches and teachers.
Homeschooled students are welcome and encouraged to attend as well.
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The 16th Annual National High School Moot Court Competition

March 21-22, 2015

American University Washington College of Law



The Moot Court High School Competition problem will be released in January 2015.


2015 High School Competition Bylaws.


Registration for the 2015 Competition begins on November 1, 2014.


The cost of the 2015 Competition will be posted shortly.

Competition Logistics

All preliminary rounds of competition will take place at our law school, American University Washington College of Law, located at 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016.

 Tentative Schedule

Saturday:Team Check in: 8:30 amRound 1 Starts: 9:30 amRound 2 Starts: 11:45 amRound 3 Starts: 2:30 pmBanquet: 6:00 pm Sunday:Team Check In: 9:00 amOctofinals Starts: 9:30 amQuarterfinals Start: 11:15 amSemifinals Starts 12:15 pmLunch: 1:00 pmFinals Starts: 2:00 pmWinners Announced: 3:15 pm
We will host an awards banquet the evening of Saturday, March 21, during which we will announce those who move on to the Sunday rounds.
We will return on Sunday, March 22, to the Superior Court for the District of Columbia located in Judiciary Square at 500 Indiana Ave NW #6000, Washington, DC 20001. The final round of the competition will be argued in the Ceremonial Courtroom at the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, located just across the street from the Superior Courthouse.
Final Round competitors will argue in front of a prestigious panel of sitting judges. The Final Round judges will select a Best Petitioner and Best Respondent.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements

Travel and Hotel Arrangements will be posted at the time registration opens