W&M Moot Court team members competed in numerous tournaments during the 2016-17 season.
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 court 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 2012-14 include: winning the Judge Brown Admiralty Law Competition in New Orleans, Louisiana; advancing to the semi-finals in the Vale Corporate Securities Law competition in Wilmington, DE; advancing to the semi-finals at the Kaufmann Securities Moot Court Tournament in New York, NY; 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 addition to competing, the William & Mary Moot Court Team annually hosts the William B. Spong Invitational Moot Court Tournament. Now in its forty-sixth 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 co-sponsors the tournament, and its representatives also serve as judges. Competitors at the Spong Tournament represent schools from across the United States.