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 will be sold in the atrium from Monday, September 11, to Wednesday, September 20, between 12-2pm and 4-6pm. After sales close Wednesday evening, applicants will be notified which day they will be competing that weekend. Applicants will try out either Saturday, September 23, or Sunday, September 24.
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, Ashley Greaf, at or Vice Chancellor of Recruitment, Madison Peticca, at 

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.