Seton Hall sponsors teams of students who perform at interscholastic intra-school competitions in mock trial, international moot court, and dispute resolution. Participation in these competitions is an excellent way for students to develop their legal skills and learn how law is practiced. Below you will find a brief description and contact information for each competition.
Ronald J. Riccio First Year Moot Court Competition
The Ronald J. Riccio First Year Moot Court Competition is an intra-school competition open to all first year day and evening students. Held during the spring semester, students are given a fact pattern along with applicable case law. They must then make a series of simulated oral arguments in front of a panel of student judges. Competitors who advance to the quarterfinal rounds will be invited to join the interscholastic moot court board.
Eligibility: Open to all 1Ls in good standing (day and evening)
Contact: Professor Jodi Hudson, email@example.com
Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition
The Gressman Competition is an intra-school appellate advocacy competition offered each spring. Second and third year students participate in teams of two. Each participant receives one credit. To earn the credit, the team must write a brief and argue one compulsory round. After the compulsory round, the top 32 teams compete in single elimination rounds until one team wins. The final argument is judged by members of the judiciary. United States Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Sandra Day O'Connor, U.S. Third Circuit Judges Maryanne Trump Barry and Michael Chagares, and New Jersey Supreme Court Justices Helen Hoens, Deborah Poritz, and Barry Albin are just a few of the many distinguished jurists who have judged the final night. Awards for the competition are given to the Finalists, Semi-Finalists, Best Brief Authors, and Best Oral Advocate.
Eligibility: Open to all 2Ls and 3Ls in good standing who have completed Appellate Advocacy or who are enrolled in the course during the semester of participation.
Enrollment: Participants enroll in the course as part of the standard registration process for spring courses. As part of the course, students will receive details on all competition deadlines.
Contact: Professor Carmen Barbazan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mock Trial Competition
The Seton Hall Mock Trial Board (MTB) trains students to participate in national mock trial competitions. Students learn how to conduct a trial, from opening statements to direct and cross examination and closing arguments. As part of the selection process for the team, students will participate in a Closing Argument Competition in the fall semester. In the spring, students will participate in a national trial competition.
Eligibility: All students may apply to join the MTB but only students who have finished their 1st semester of their 2L year may compete.
Contact: Professor Jen DiTommaso, email@example.com
Interscholastic Moot Court Competitions
The Interscholastic Moot Court Board at Seton Hall School of Law is an organization dedicated to competing in Appellate Moot Court competitions throughout the country. Comprised of approximately thirty students, Board members engage in competitions ranging from criminal law to family law, internet law to constitutional law, and entertainment law to civil rights law. Each Board member competes in one competition per year, with a few students competing in one each semester depending on their success. The Board is an excellent way to improve both writing and oral advocacy skills.
Students interested in the Interscholastic Moot Court Board can obtain membership in several ways. First, students finishing as Semifinalists and Finalists in the Gressman Moot Court Competition may be invited to join the traveling Board. Students competing in the Ronald J. Riccio First-Year Moot Court Competition and finishing as Quarterfinalists or better may also be invited to join the Board.
Eligibility: Open to all law students in good standing who have completed at least one semester of law school.
Contact: Professor Jodi Hudson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessup International Moot Court Competition
The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice, the judicial organ of the United Nations. Each team prepares oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.
Enrollment: Participation in the Jessup competition is coordinated by the Seton Hall Law School International Law Society.
Contact: Professor David Cinotti, email@example.com
Dispute Resolution Competitions
The Seton Hall Dispute Resolution Society (DRS) prepares students to perform at interscholastic competitions in mediation, negotiation, arbitration, and client counseling. The DRS recruits new members each year through an intra-school negotiation competition. The DRS board in conjunction with the faculty director of the ADR curriculum selects students to compete in ABA sponsored and other national dispute resolution competitions.
Eligibility: All Students may apply to join the DRS but only students who have finished their 1st Semester of their 2L year may compete.
Contact: Professor David White, firstname.lastname@example.org