First-year students are selected for the Moot Court Board at the end of the spring semester through a competitive tryout that simulates a Moot Court competition. Generally, the tryout consists of an appellate brief and oral argument. The Moot Court Board invites 35 first-year students to join Moot Court, making this our largest membership drive.
Admission as a Second-Year Student
A limited number of invitations to join the Moot Court Board are available to second-year students, who can join through the Omar Megahed Competition in the fall semester or through the Heffernan Appellate Advocacy Course in the spring semester.
- Omar Megahed Competition. Each fall, second-year students can compete in an intramural appellate advocacy competition in which competitors prepare arguments from a pre-written brief. This is not a course and there is no academic credit. Depending on the number of competitors, between two and four finalists are invited to join the Moot Court Board.
- Heffernan Appellate Advocacy Course. In the spring, second-year students may enroll in a one-semester seminar devoted to appellate advocacy. This seminar is named in honor of former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Nathan Heffernan. Students write a brief and compete in a mock appellate advocacy competition. The finalists are invited to join the Moot Court Board for competition.