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 15th Annual National High School Moot Court Competition

March 22-23, 2014

American University Washington College of Law



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2014 High School Competition Bylaws.


Registration for the 2014 Competition begins on November 1, 2013.

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The cost of the 2014 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.



Team Check in: 8:30 am

Round 1 Starts: 9:30 am

Round 2 Starts: 11:45 am

Round 3 Starts: 2:30 pm

Banquet: 6:00 pm



Team Check In: 9:00 am

Octofinals Starts: 9:30 am

Quarterfinals Start: 11:15 am

Semifinals Starts 12:15 pm

Lunch: 1:00 pm

Finals Starts: 2:00 pm

Winners Announced: 3:15 pm

We will host an awards banquet the evening of Saturday, March 22, during which we will announce those who move on to the Sunday rounds.
We will return on Sunday, March 23, 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

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Previous Competition Information


Please click the links below to access pictures from the 2011 competition.
For 2011 Banquet photos, click HERE.
For 2011 Final Round photos, click HERE.


Please click the links below to access pictures from the 2010 competition.
Click here for the 2010 banquet pictures!
Click here for 2010 Semi-Final pictures!
Click here for 2010 Final Round pictures!


Please click the links below for videos from the 2010 final round of competition!
Final Round - Part 1
Final Round - Part 2
Final Round - Part 3
Final Round - Part 4
Final Round - Part 5


2009 "We The Students" Competition Final Round Video
2008 "We The Students" Competition

Contact Information


If you have questions or would like further information regarding this competition, please e-mail the Competition Directors Jarrad Wood and Garrett Mannchen at or call us at (202) 274-4401.