PICTURES from the 2011 Final Round and Banquet are now available!

For Banquet photos, click HERE.

For Final Round photos, click HERE.

Congratulations to the Winners and Finalists of the 12th Annual "We The Students" National High School Moot Court Competition, March 26-27,2011:

Best Petitioner:

Adam Nasser, Harbor Light Academy (NC)

Best Respondent:

Samuel Johnson, Harbor Light Academy (NC)



Yessica Martinez, Francis Lewis High School (NY)

Kelly Ivins-O'Keefe , Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (VA)


The "We the Students" 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.


Click here to learn more about Moot Court!


Tips for Oral Argument


The 12th Annual "We The Students" National High School Moot Court Competition March 26-27, 2011
American University Washington College of Law



The problem has been released to registered competitors. This year's problem involves a student blog post, and the extent to which a school can search students to find an item mentioned in the post.
Questions from teams regarding the content of the problem are due to us by February 18, 2011. We will provide answers to any questions by March 1, 2011.



The official Bylaws for the 2011 Competiton are available HERE.



As of January 18, 2011, we have reached our capacity for the 2011 Competition.
We have begun a waitlist for those still interested in registering. To add your school to the waitlist, please fill out the form HERE.


We will contact those on the waitlist in the event that any space becomes available.


Registered competitors should please keep in mind that March 1, 2011 is the last day for competitors to withdraw without penalty to their school or team.



The cost of the 2011 Competition is $30/school and an additional $15/competitor.


Competition Logistics

All registered competitors should have received information from us, including Petitoner/Respondent assignments, the competition problem, and the competition bylaws. All competitors are assigned to argue either as Petitioner or Respondent. If you have not received this assignment, please let us know as soon as possible.


Friday, March 25th: We will hold a mandatory introductory meeting the evening of March 25th. All teams are expected to attend. Those arriving in DC early are invited to attend a tour of the U.S. Capitol at approximately 3:30 PM. Please contact us for details.


Saturday, March 26th: All competitors will participate in four preliminary rounds of competition on March 26th. Each competitor will have 15 minutes to argue his or her side. Petitioners may reserve time for rebuttal. The top ten Petitioners and top ten Respondents will advance to the Quarterfinals. Quarterfinalists and other awards will be announced at a banquet on the evening of March 26th.


Sunday, March 27: The Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final rounds of competition will be held on March 27th at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.


Travel and Hotel Arrangements

We have secured a rate of $109 per night at the Courtyard Chevy Chase, located at 5520 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20815. This is one Metro stop away from the law school. To lock-in this rate, you must make your reservations by Wednesday, February 16, 2011. Registered competitors should contact us for more information on how to reserve rooms.



Registration is now open for law students, professors, practitioners and judges who are willing to assist in judging the competition. Judges will be asked to score competitors' arguments and provide meanful oral feedback. Please see our registration link HERE for more information.


Previous Competition Information


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 and how to register, please e-mail the Competition Directors Damie Adegbuyi and Jamie Sparano at or call us at (202) 274-4401.