NYU Moot Court Board
The NYU Moot Court Board is one of NYU School of Law's 10 academic journals. Our mission is to enrich the legal education of our members and explore new approaches to unsettled legal questions. We work to achieve this mission through four main programs:
The NYU Moot Court Casebook, published annually, is the most widely recognized and utilized set of moot court problems in the Nation.
The Moot Court Board represents NYU at more than a dozen major moot court competitions each year, on a diverse array of legal topics.
Open to all second- and third-year J.D. students at NYU Law, as well as LL.Ms, Marden is NYU’s internal moot court competition.
Immigration Law Competition
Focused on cutting-edge immigration issues, the ILC is NYU’s annual inter-school moot court competition.
The New York University Moot Court Board (MCB) is the journal for aspiring legal advocates, giving its members hands-on experience with legal research, writing, and oral advocacy.
Selecting 40 rising 2L members each year in the NYU Journal Writing Competition, the Moot Court Board provides 2Ls with extensive training in writing and advocacy before requiring each student to write a moot court problem, argue in an interschool competition, or both. As 3Ls, students compete, coach teams, or edit the NYU Moot Court Casebook.
MCB membership offers an opportunity to develop and apply the research, writing, and advocacy skills essential to the successful practice of law. Producing appellate briefs and Casebook problems gives students writing and editing experience comparable to other journals but directly useful to legal practice. The creative freedom, practical experience, and oral advocacy opportunities it offers makes the Moot Court Board truly unique among its peer journals.
Supporting Moot Court Activities Across the United States
More than 110 law schools subscribe to the NYU Moot Court Board Casebook, which each year contains more than a dozen high-quality problems.
A Great Moot Court Team for a Great Law School
A Thriving Community In Law School and Beyond
Established as an NYU academic journal for over fifty years, the Moot Court Board has a thriving community of alumni who come back every year to judge our competitions and train the next generation of advocates.
Several of Moot Court Board members were recognized for their outstanding dedication to the journal at the conclusion of the Marden Competition final round. Congratulations to all of our award winners! The following 3L members were elected to the Order of the Barristers, a national honor society for those who have demonstrated excellency in both oral and[…]
Does a police search violate the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition of unreasonable searches and seizures if it’s unclear who has the authority to consent to a search of a shared living space? And if a law’s text employs arcane language lost on a layperson, should a violator be held liable? These questions were at the core[…]
This year’s Jessup Competition was ripped straight from the headlines, asking students form more than 600 schools in more than 90 jurisdictions around the world to argue whether or not Russia’s annexation of Crimea (including the strategically important Crimea River) violated international law. NYU’s team, comprising Matt Callahan JD ‘15, Megan Henry JD ‘16, Timothy McKenzie JD ‘16, Salmah Rizvi JD ‘16, and Stephen[…]
While many NYU Law students packed their swim trunks and headed to the beach to enjoy their spring break, Jeremy Schiffres ’16 and Will Simoneaux ’16 packed their sweaters and headed to balmy Madison, Wisconsin, to compete in the Evan A. Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. Beachgoers brought home tans, but Moot Court brought[…]
Once police have a warrant, they can conduct a search. But what happens when the warrant is based on evidence that was collected in violation of your constitutional rights? In this year’s Spong Tournament, Julia Gumpper and Kelsey Massa were faced with this challenge, amid an even trickier problem: whether being convicted for the crime of threatening another person[…]
Ryan Rakower and Naveen Jayaraman, accompanied by coach Leslie Huang, braved the weekend subway all the way up to Fordham Law School to take the 40th Annual Kaufman Securities Law Competition by storm. Ryan set the stage, secure in his securities expertise, to argue that a short squeeze with bad intent is actionable indeed. Completely unfazed[…]
While other MCBers were enjoying the end of their break in sunny locales far from the tri-state area, Anokhi Shah and Emily Mullin traveled across the Hudson to Newark, NJ with coach Chris van Zele to take on a field of 42 teams in the Gibbons Criminal Procedure Competition at Seton Hall. Anohki argued the issue[…]
What is debt may never die. That is the lesson that our fearless competitors Paul Koepp and James Salwen learned at the 23rd Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition at St. John’s University this past weekend. Not only did they, accompanied by coach Sindhu Boddu, travel to the far recesses of Queens by 8am on Saturday[…]
The theme of the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment Law Competition was superheroes and their Kryptonite: copyright law. In particular, it had our intrepid team of Billy Vranish and GIselle Alvarado dissect questions once left to comic conventions: if superheroes are powered by magical pins, are those pins integral to that superheroes’ very identity? If not the fate of[…]
A highlight of the Moot Court calendar, the Tulane Mardi Gras Invitational takes place right in the middle of the biggest weekend in NOLA and literally involves the law of fun (or, at least, sports). This year Tulane lived up to its reputation, since much of the case turned on Federal Baseball Club v. National League, an[…]
Many refugees are victims of political persecution. But what should courts do when that persecution comes from participation in illegal protest activity (that includes serious “nonpolitical crimes”, usually sufficient to bar asylum requests)? As the number of refugees of political conflict rise with each passing year, this pressing issue was selected for Alicia Berenyi and Kartik[…]
Are a defendant’s constitutional rights violated when a sentencing court bases its sentence upon conduct of which the jury had acquitted him? In 2014, the D.C. Circuit held they were not. In this year’s Wechsler Competition, Dustin Grant and Rachel Kultala got to try the case again. After an approximate travel time of 1.5 hours to[…]
Several of our Moot Court Board members were recognized for their outstanding dedication to the Moot Court Board on Monday, April 7, at the conclusion of the Marden Competition final round! Congratulations to all of our award winners and to the Board for another successful year. The following 3L members were elected to the Order of[…]
Congrats to competitors Lainie Wilkins (L), Lewie Briggs (R) headed out west to the UC Davis Asylum and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition. The team won First Place and were recognized for writing the Best Brief! Wilkins argued the first issue, whether individual accountability for engaging in political persecution excludes actions taken under duress, and[…]
Jake Walter-Warner and Cara Gagliano headed to Nashville for the Vanderbilt University Law School National First Amendment Competition. Gagliano argued the first issue, what standard of constitutional review–strict or intermediate scrutiny–applied to campaign finance law, and Walter-Warner argued the second issue, whether the judicial conduct code limiting campaign finance speech was constitutional. Sam Kalar, one of our Competitions[…]
Adam Jamal (R) and Micah Lewis (L) headed down to the George Washington University for the National Security Moot Court Competition. The team argued both sides of an issue loosely based on the Edward Snowden leaks: Whether those leaks violated the Espionage Act. Megan McEntee, one of our Competitions Advocacy Editors, coached the team.
Kristen Miller (L) and Kevin Bell (R) traveled to historic Williamsburg for the College of William and Mary Law School Spong Tournament. The team advanced to Quarterfinals. Miller argued the first issue, whether the plaintiff had standing to challenge the FDA rule regulating caffeinated beverages, and Bell argued the second issue, whether the FDA had[…]
We are looking forward to hosting the Ninth Annual Immigration Law Competition, which will be taking place February 21-23, 2014 at NYU Law! The application process this year was particularly competitive and we will be fielding our largest field to date. We are looking forward to three days of excellent oral advocacy. Florida Coastal School of Law[…]
The New York University School of Law Moot Court Board is ranked the 9th Best Moot Court program in the country! Rankings are determined by the Blakely Advocacy Institute at the University of Houston Law Center. The Institute calculates rankings based on the number of Championship, Finalist, Semi-Finalist, Quarterfinalist, Best Brief and Best Oralist honors[…]
Several of our Moot Court Board members were recognized for their outstanding dedication to the Moot Court Board on Monday, April 8, at the conclusion of the Marden Competition final round. Congratulations to our Marden Competitors and Moot Court Board award winners. The following 3L members were elected to the Order of the Barristers, a[…]