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 SoapBox 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:
CUA Moot Court sends multiple teams to national tournaments every year. Moot Court teams are comprised of the top competitors from our Soapbox 1L competition and our general tryouts held every year for all law students.

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 team at