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William & Mary Moot Court

W&M Moot Court team members competed in numerous tournaments during the 2011-12 season including the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championships, the finals of the Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition, and Widener Law School's Ruby R. Vale Interschool Moot Court Competition. 

The Moot Court Program is one of William & Mary Law School’s best opportunities for students to develop and refine oral advocacy and brief writing skills. Team members participate in moot court1 tournaments, which require each team to research and write an appellate brief, then defend it before a panel of judges in an oral argument. Membership on Moot Court is an honor, and tryouts for the team are competitive.

Each year William & Mary’s Moot Court Team sends its members to approximately fifteen inter-collegiate moot court tournaments around the nation. William & Mary’s teams have enjoyed resounding success, and some of the teams accomplishments from 2012 include: competing in the National Championships of the American College of Trial Laywers/New York City Bar Association National Moot Court Championship; advancing to the quarterfinals at the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championships, a tournament that included only the top 16 moot court teams in the country; and advancing to the International Finals of the Stetson University International Environmental Moot Court Compeition.  In 2011, the team competeted in the finals of the Fourth Annual International Criminal Court (ICC) Trial Competition at The Hague after placing first in a preliminary competition hosted by Pace University Law School in New York. The Team’s competitors are well-known as talented oral advocates, and they have shown their writing skills by winning multiple “Best Brief” awards as well. 

In addition to competing, the William & Mary Moot Court Team annually hosts the William B. Spong Invitational Moot Court Tournament. Now in its forty-third year, the Spong Tournament focuses on current issues in constitutional law. Rounds are judged completely by panels of federal and state court judges. The Virginia Trial Lawyers Association is the tournament’s co-sponsor, and its representatives also serve as judges for the tournament. Competitors at the Spong Tournament represent schools from across the United States.