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D.C. Cup Moot Court Competition

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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 government attorneys, and the current D.C. Bar president.

The event allows law students to brief and argue a case on appeal, honing both their oral advocacy and brief writing skills. In the end, the winning team takes home the cup.


Preliminary Rounds
Friday, February 17, 2023

Final Round and Awards Ceremony
Friday, February 24, 2023

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