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Moot Court Program

Through moot appellate arguments before student board members, faculty, and sitting judges, 1L, 2L, and 3L students argue complex appellate issues to develop their oral advocacy skills.

Our Moot Court Board is one of the premier student organizations at Cornell Law School, and organizes three tournaments each year:

  • The Francis P. Cuccia Family Moot Court Competition, held during the fall term and concluding in late October or early November, in which teams of two upper-class students compete
  • The Faust F. Rossi Moot Court Competition, which begins shortly after the intersession recess and concludes in February, invites individual upper-class students to argue
  • The Langfan Family First-Year Moot Court, which gives first-year CLS students a chance to compete at the end of the spring term

For each of the three annual tournaments, student Moot Court Board members write the competition problem and bench memo as well as run all aspects of the weeks-long competitions.

In the culminating final round of each tournament, Cornell Law students argue before judges at all levels including notable state court judges; judges from federal courts of appeal; federal district, magistrate, and bankruptcy judges; and U.S. Supreme Court justices.

In addition, competition weekends afford student Moot Court Board members and competitors the opportunity to get to know visiting judges through social engagements and informal conversations.

Upcoming Competitions

Past Competitions

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