Moot Court

Moot Court is appellate advocacy, and it is one of most challenging and rewarding activities in which Duke Law students participate. During Moot Court competitions students stand before their professors and peers and test their classroom knowledge and oral skills.

All first-year students compete in the Hardt Moot Court competition, where they argue an appellate brief and endure rigorous questioning by the judges (second- and third-year students). Those who score highest in this competition, or in the Dean’s Cup competition, are invited to join the prestigious student-run Moot Court Board. This opens the door to many opportunities: Within the law school, the Board assists the legal research and writing instructors in teaching appellate advocacy and organizes and runs the Moot Court competitions. Joining the Moot Court Board also affords students the opportunity to compete in interscholastic moot court competitions around the country, where topics include intellectual property, products liability, securities, labor, and constitutional law.

Moot Court is valuable professional training wherein students think on their feet and hone their speaking, advocacy, and legal analysis skills.