John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition   

Please be advised that the 2022 Gibbons Competition will not be held. We look forward to the 2023 competition, and wish you all health and safety.

About the Competition

The John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition focuses on timely issues of criminal procedure and criminal law. Held at the Law School in the heart of Newark, New Jersey, the competition consists of over forty law schools from across the country. Past winners of the competition include Florida International University College of Law (2019); Notre Dame Law School (2018); Villanova University School of Law (2017); Fredric G. Levin College of Law (2016); New York Law School (2015 & 2003); University of Miami School of Law (2014); New York University School of Law (2013, 2012 & 2002); William and Mary Law School (2011); Loyola University of Chicago School of Law (2010); Albany Law School (2009); Texas Wesleyan Law School (2008); Boston College Law School (2007 & 2006); Georgia State University School of Law (2005); American University-Washington College of Law (2004); and George Mason School of Law (2001).

The John J. Gibbons Criminal Procedure Moot Court Competition will be held March 27-28, 2020. Registration begins Monday, November 18, 2019 and continues until the competition is full. We accept forty teams on a first-come-first-served basis. Due to the overwhelming response, the 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 make a note of it on the entry form. The entry fee for each team is $600.

Schools will be invited to participate in the order in which the entry forms are received. A team may complete the online entry form when available. We will then hold a spot for your team until December 27, 2019 in order for your entry fee to be processed. 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. Of course, you may pay by credit card at the time of on-line registration.

Competition Information

Each team may be comprised of two or three students who must all participate in the writing of the brief. Each team will write one brief, representing the party of its choice. Each team will argue both sides during preliminary rounds of oral argument. The problem will be distributed to all participants on February 10, 2020. The briefs must be received via email by March 4, 2020. Teams are permitted to begin oral argument practice prior to their brief submission. The competition banquet is held on Friday evening, at which time the advancing teams will be announced as well as brief and preliminary round oralist awards. The elimination rounds are held on Saturday morning and afternoon at the law school. An awards ceremony will follow the final round, with awards presented to the first and second place team, semifinalists, and best oralist in the final round.

For questions concerning the Competition, kindly contact Professor Jodi Anne Hudson at [email protected] or at 973-642-8953. Gibbons Student Chairs Cody Hubbs and Sarah Ungeheuer can be reached at 973-642-8220.

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