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 13th Annual National High School Moot Court Competition

March 24-25, 2012

American University Washington College of Law



The 2012 problem will involve a school's right to punish students for off-campus speech. The problem specifically addresses whether the two-part analysis set forth in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District applies when the speech does not occur on school property. For more information on this particular topic, CLICK HERE for an article by Professor Stephen Wermiel.


We expect the problem to be released on or about January 16, 2012.


The 2012 Competition Bylaws will be posted upon release of the Problem.


Registration for the 2012 Competition is now CLOSED, as we have reached capacity.
Those still interested in attending should contact us as soon as possible to be added to a waiting list. We will notify waitlisted competitors should any space become available.


During Early Registration, the cost of the 2012 Competition is $20/school and an additional $15/competitor.
During Regular Registration, the cost of the 2012 Competition is $40/school and an additional $15/competitor.

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.
We will host an awards banquet the evening of Saturday, March 24, during which we will announce those who move on to the Sunday rounds.
We will return on Sunday, March 25, to the District Court for the District of Columbia. This year's finals will begin with an Octo-final round, during which 32 competitors will argue. We will have 16 competitors in the Quarter-finals, 8 in the Semi-finals, and 4 in our Final Round.
Final Round competitors will argue in front of a prestigious panel of sitting judges. Thus far confirmed to judge are Judge John Facciola and Judge Reggie Walton, both of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The Final Round judges will select a Best Petitioner and Best Respondent.

Travel and Hotel Arrangements

For those attending our competition, we have arranged a rate of $119/night at the Courtyard by Marriott in Chevy Chase, MD. Please email us at for the booking link.



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 Jamie Sparano and Ty Halasz at or call us at (202) 274-4401.