Moot Court

Moot Court Team

Moot Court provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to write appellant briefs and present oral arguments before a panel of attorneys and judges. This credit bearing course offered Fall Semester sends a team of competitors to a regional competition where they are judged against other undergraduate teams. High scoring teams are invited to a national tournament.

Moot Court is a national undergraduate forensic competition where students (working in pairs) argue before the U.S. Supreme Court a nationally selected case for the competitions. They are judged by attorneys and judges who evaluate the quality of the legal arguments and extensively question the participants on their legal arguments and analysis.

Moot Court is offered in the fall semester by the Political Science Department. Students write a formal U.S. Supreme Court brief which is the basis for their oral arguments and develop their argumentation skills throughout the semester as they refine their legal arguments.

students holding plaques (Left to right) Danielle Porter, Katherine Lindsay, Trevor Thiebault, and Katelyn Coffee at University of Akron.

group photo of students (Left to right) Azalea Collins, Sydney Johnson, Nicole Jarvis, Rowan Therrien, Mariana Santos, and Chase Reppen at Saginaw Valley State University.

What AQ Students have had to say about past competitions: 

"The competition was an incredible challenge; I felt we pulled together as a team and represented Aquinas well." - Josh Davis

"I enjoyed being challenged to argue against some of the hardest teams in the country." - Michael Licari

"My favorite part of the competition was the actual argument portion. I enjoyed having the opportunity to present myself in front of real judges and have a true experience before entering law school." - Onyinye Ezeh