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Competition Rules


The New York City Bar’s National Moot Court Competition is an annual inter-law school event designed to promote the art of appellate advocacy. It is sponsored by the New York City Bar’s Young Lawyers Committee (“Committee”) and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The Competition consists of Regional and National Final rounds. The United States is divided into 15 regions. Within each region, a Committee-designated regional sponsor grades briefs and conducts oral arguments for the law school teams located in that region. The winner and second place team in each region may enter the National Finals in New York City.

These Rules govern the Competition. And the Committee is the final authority on interpreting these Rules. Those interpretations and any decisions on how to administer this Competition are binding on all competitors. Although regional sponsors may supplement these rules with local procedures, those procedures must be approved annually by the Committee and be consistent with these Rules. All Rule interpretation requests should be sent to the Young Lawyers Committee at

Finally, the Committee holds the copyrights to all Competition materials. By entering this Competition, all agree to get the Committee’s express written permission before using these materials for any purpose unrelated to actually competing in this event. Competitors also grant the Committee nonexclusive worldwide rights to reproduce and distribute any materials submitted or recorded throughout the Competition. Learn all about the Moot Court rules below. 

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