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Moot Court Program

Every year, CLS students participate in moot court competitions held at the Law School under the auspices of the student-run Moot Court Board: the Cuccia Cup Moot Court, held during the Fall term and concluding in late October or early November; the Winter Cup Upperclass Moot Court, which begins shortly after the intersession recess and concludes in February; and the Langfan Family First-Year Moot Court, which gives first-year CLS students a chance to compete against each other as solo practitioners.  The monetary prizes, trophies, and plaques given to the winner and runner-up in each competition—as well as to the authors of Best Brief in the Cuccia and Winter Cup competitions, respectively—depend on the generosity of a handful of thoughtful and enthusiastic donors, while the operational costs associated are underwritten by Cornell Law School.  Gifts designated to Moot Court would offset these expenses and those associated with sending our "in-house" winning teams and individuals into four extramural, nationwide competitions, the final rounds of which are judged by appeals-court judges, including a circuit judge from the U.S. Court of Appeals.  Alumni and friends attracted to the proposition and practice of Moot Court can support these talented students by providing current-use funding for special awards and recognitions within each competition, or by establishing an endowment for comprehensive support of "in-house" and extramural aspects of the program.