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D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition

Each year, eligible students from six law schools in the District of Columbia are invited to compete in the D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition. The event pits law school against law school in friendly competition, arguing tough cases before a panel of volunteer judges. 

The competition serves as a rich educational opportunity to promote legal research and writing, analysis, and advocacy. Designed to confront topics of federal law and issues distinctive to the nation's capital, including the Home Rule Act and the D.C. Family and Medical Leave Act, students are able to explore positions of split authority to promote spirited arguments on both sides, as well as arguments on policy justifications. 

The three-round competition opens with preliminary rounds before volunteer judges and closes with a final round of oral arguments in front of a three-judge panel of sitting D.C. appellate court judges and the current D.C. Bar president. 

The event allows law students to take a case from beginning to end, honing both their oral advocacy and brief writing skills. In the end, the team with the most persuasive argument takes home the cup. 

Learn more about the competition and its rules. Find out who won in 2019! For questions, contact the D.C. Bar Communities Office at 202-626-3463 or email.


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Event Details:

Friday, February 21, 2020: Preliminary Rounds
D.C. Bar Conference Center
901 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Friday, February 28, 2020: Final Round and Awards Ceremony
D.C. Court of Appeals
430 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20001