Moot Court

Interscholastic Moot Court Board  

Seton Hall Law School's Interscholastic Moot Court Board finished the 2009-2010 school year with 20 awards, commensurate with the Board's 28 awards in 2008-2009, 27 awards in 2007-2008, 21 awards in 2006-2007 and 25 awards during the 2005-2006 school year. The 2009-2010 season produced two Regionals Champions at the NAAC Competition and a First Place finish at Whittier's Juvenile Law Competition. The awards ranked Seton Hall's Interscholastic Moot Court Board as 6th in the nation by LawSchoolAdvocacy.com. Seton Hall was also selected for the third consecutive year to participate in the National Moot Court Invitational in January 2011 at the Advocacy Institute in Houston, Texas with the top sixteen programs in the country.

The Board also hosts the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, which focuses on timely issues of criminal procedure and criminal law. The competition hosts 40 teams from around the country. Due to the popularity of the competition, registration is limited to one team per school, with two or three students per team. Past winners of the competition include Loyola University of Chicago (2010); Albany Law School (2009); Texas Wesleyan (2008); Boston College (2007, 2006); Georgia State University School of Law (2005); American University-Washington College of Law (2004); New York Law School (2003); New York University School of Law (2002) and George Mason School of Law (2001).

Through Seton Hall’s Interscholastic Moot Court Program, students compete in Appellate Moot Court competitions throughout the country. Students engage in competitions addressing such issues as criminal law, health law, trademark law, juvenile law, and civil rights law. Students are selected for the Moot Court Board, composed of approximately thirty-two students, based on their writing and oral advocacy skills as demonstrated through their participation in the Eugene Gressman Moot Court Competition for upper-class students and the Ronald J. Riccio First-Year Moot Court Competition. A student must be a Board member to compete in an interscholastic moot court competition. Jodi A. Hudson, Esq., a Seton Hall law graduate and a certified Civil Trial Attorney, has served as Director of the Moot Court Program since 2000.