International and Interscholastic Law Student Competitions
Seton Hall participates in many internal and interscholastic law student competitions each year. In the Ronald J. Riccio First Year Moot Court Competition, students are provided with a limited fact pattern, which they use to make simulated oral arguments in front of a panel of student judges. The Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition is held each spring to identify upperclass students who excel at appellate advocacy. The top two teams compete in an oral argument judged by top jurists, including members of the United States Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. Performance in the Riccio and Gressman competitions is used to select students to participate in interscholastic moot court competitions.
As of spring 2009, the Interscholastic Moot Court Board was ranked second in the country according to LawSchoolAdvocacy.com, a website which ranks moot court programs. This intensive program provides a unique opportunity to sharpen one’s legal analysis and oral advocacy skills. Dedicated Seton Hall alumni serve as coaches for the moot court teams, helping students develop ties with the alumni community.
Students also participate in outside competitions for client counseling and mediation. These competitions give students the opportunity to work closely with faculty while developing a unique set of lawyering skills that will serve them well in any field of practice that they might pursue. Seton Hall Law also sponsors a team each year to compete in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition, the world's largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries.