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



2015 Moot Court High School Competition Problem


2015 High School Competition Bylaws.


Registration opens November 24, 2014 and will close on January 31, 2015, or when the tournament has been filled to capacity, whichever comes first. We encourage early registration as the tournament has filled to capacity before the close of registration in previous years.


$30 per student. A maximum of 10 students per high school may register for the competition.

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.

Contact Information


Travel and Hotel Arrangements

The National High School Moot Court Competition has arranged a group rate at the Marriott Courtyard Chevy Chase. Rooms are $119 per night. You must mention the National High School Moot Court Competition and book by 2/20/15 to receive the group rate. You may book online at here, by calling the hotel directly at 301-656-1500 ext. 7000, or by calling Marriott Central Reservations at 1-888-856-6992.