The Catholic University of America
Moot Court Association

The Moot Court Association is one of the largest student participatory groups at CUA. It is a student run organization composed of students who share a strong interest in oral and written advocacy training.   The appellate program is the largest in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. The program includes intra-school competitions for Moot Court Associates and an inter-school competition, known as SoapBox, for first year potential associates.


How to become a member:

1L year:
Beginning in the first year of law school, we highly encourage students to participate in SoapBox to get a flavor of what appellate advocacy is all about. SoapBox is an interschool competition between strictly 1Ls and is typically held in late January early February. By participating in SoapBox, first year students are eligible to become Moot Court Associates in their second or third year. If you are a transfer student, please indicate so on your application and the SoapBox requirement will be waived. If you did not participate in SoapBoax your first year, you are not discouraged from applying for Moot Court, however preference will go to students who have participated in SoapBox their first year.
2L and 3L year:
The Moot Court teams are compiled through participation in the Moot Court Tryouts Competition. Packets are on sale in late August early September and the competition is usually held in late September. The competition problem is based on a current issue that is popular in the law at the moment. The issues come from anything such as constitutional law, criminal law, environmental law, tort law etc. Competitors are required to submit a brief and present an oral argument in front of a panel of judges. The competitors are scored based on their brief and their oral argument score. If you are chosen, you will be notified by the Chancellor of your acceptance onto a team:
For information regarding the Securities team and their separate competition to become an associate, please see their website for further information.
For any questions or concerns regarding your eligibility as a Moot Court Associate or the Moot Court tryout process, please do not hesitate to contact the Moot Court Chancellor, Brendan Johns, at, or at 202-319-5153.

Moot Court Links


Catholic University Securities Law Program certificate students reached the semifinals of the 2013 Irving R. Kaufman Memorial Moot Court Competition, held at Fordham Law School in New York City. The team was also awarded “Best Brief” in the competition.


Two Catholic University law school students finished in 1st place at the Fourteenth Annual Herbert Wechsler National Criminal Law Moot Court Competition, hosted by the University of Buffalo Law School in 2012.