Moot Court

John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition  

Note: Registration begins November 4, 2013.  Thank you.


The John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition, now in its 21st year, focuses on timely issues of criminal procedure and criminal law. Held at the Law School in the heart of Newark, New Jersey, forty teams from around the country compete annually. Past winners of the competition include New York University School of Law (2013 & 2012); William and Mary Law School (2011); 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).

The 2014 John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition is scheduled for March 21-22, 2014. Electronic registration begins November 4, 2013 and continues until the competition is full. We will accept forty teams on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be advised that due to the overwhelming response to the competition, the 2014 competition will permit the registration of only one team per school. Schools with an interest in sending two teams will have their second team placed on the waiting list and entered if space is available. If your school is interested in sending two teams, please note that on the entry form. The entry fee for each team is $550.
Schools will be invited to participate in the order in which the entry forms are received.  Your team may complete the online entry form here beginning Monday, November 4, 2013.  We will then hold a spot for your team until December 13, 2013 in order for your processing of the entry fee.  If we have not received your entry fee, and have not heard from you concerning the status of payment, we will then invite wait-listed teams to participate.


Each team may be comprised of two or three students. Each team will write one brief, representing the party of its choice. Each team will argue both sides during oral argument. The problem will be distributed to all participants by Monday, February 3, 2014. The briefs must be RECEIVED via email on Monday, March 3, 2014. The measuring brief must be RECEIVED at the law school by Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

The preliminary competition consists of two rounds. The competition banquet is held on Friday evening, at which time the octofinalists will be announced as well as brief and preliminary oralist awards. The octofinal, quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds are held on Saturday morning and afternoon at the law school. An awards ceremony will follow the final round. Awards are given to the first and second place teams, semifinalists, best briefs for each party, best oralist in the preliminary rounds, and best oralist in the final round.

For questions concerning the Competition, kindly contact Professor Jodi Anne Hudson at or at 973-642-8953. Research assistants Nicole Castiglione and Alexandra Loprete can be reached at (973) 642-8500, ext. 8220.

Please address all correspondence/monies to: Professor Jodi Anne Hudson Director, Interscholastic Moot Court Board The Gibbons Competition Seton Hall University School of Law One Newark Center Newark, NJ 07102-5210

SETON HALL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW | One Newark Center Jodi Anne Hudson Director, Interscholastic Moot Court Board and Adjunct Professor of Law Seton Hall School of Law 973-642-8953 973-642-8500 x8220