John J. Gibbons Moot Court Competition
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 forty law schools from across the country. Past winners of the competition include 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 16-17, 2018. Registration begins Monday, November 20, 2017 and continues until the competition is full. We accept forty teams on a first-come-first-served basis; however, 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 $550.
Schools will be invited to participate in the order in which the entry forms are received. A team may complete the online entry form here beginning Monday, November 20, 2017. We will then hold a spot for your team until December 22, 2017 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.
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 preliminary rounds of oral argument. The problem will be distributed to all participants on February 12, 2018. The briefs must be received via email by March 5, 2018. Teams are permitted to begin oral argument practice prior to their brief submission. The preliminary competition consists of two rounds. 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. Awards are given at that time 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at 973-642-8953. Research assistants 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