Moot Court Program
SIU School of Law is highly regarded for our excellent moot court program. All first-year students participate in an oral advocacy intra-school competition as part of their Lawyering Skills class. Second and third-year students can compete nationally in either the Appellate Advocacy division or Trial Advocacy division.
First Year Lawyering Skills Appellate Advocacy
During the first year of law school, as part of the Lawyering Skills course, all students write an appellate brief and make an oral argument before a panel of judges that includes trial judges and attorneys. Students who perform well are selected to participate in an Honors round and are recognized at the annual Awards Ceremony.
After the first year, students may compete for selection to the Appellate Advocacy Division of the Moot Court Board. Students interested in appellate advocacy participate in an multi-round Intramural Moot Court Competition during the fall of their second year. From these students, several are selected to represent the school in national moot court competitions, beginning in the spring of their second year and continuing into their third year. Southern Illinois’ success in national competitions is notable.
Students interested in trial rather than appellate argument may try out in their second year for membership in the Trial Advocacy Division of the Moot Court Board. Students are selected after an intramural tryout, and compete in their third year after completion of courses in evidence and trial advocacy.