CUNY's Moot Court Board is a student-run organization for students who wish to advance their oral advocacy and writing skills to the highest level. In competitions against other law schools, Moot Court members write briefs and argue cutting edge legal issues in simulated appellate arguments.
Membership on the Board is achieved through the annual CUNY Law School competition and training program. Each student writes a brief with a partner and then argues the case before a panel of judges. Once students become members of the Board, they may participate in activities such as running the organization, helping train other students, and competing in outside competitions.
CUNY Moot Court Board members have participated in interscholastic moot court competitions around the country that involve a variety of topics, including constitutional law, criminal procedure, evidence law, family law, international law, and immigration law. Recent results for the CUNY Moot Court Team include a Best Oralist Award in the 2007 Henry G. Manne Moot Court Competition for Law and Economics, a second-place finish in the 2006 Annual Nassau Academy of Law Moot Court Competition, a second-place brief award in the 2005 Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition, quarter-finalists in the 2005 National First Amendment Moot Court Competition, and a first-place finish in the 2004 Thurgood A. Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition.
Participation in Moot Court helps students improve their speaking, writing, research, critical-thinking, and legal analysis skills. Membership in the organization and the training are helpful no matter what type of lawyer you wish to be.
Academic credit may be earned after the training program by completing a brief and oral argument of professional quality as part of an external competition or the equivalent thereof, with students gaining experience in oral argument through critiques and feedback from several practice rounds.
This activity helps students gain written and oral advocacy skills. These skills include researching, brief writing, public speaking, and teamwork. Competitions provide for one-on-one feedback and support from faculty, as well as the opportunity to develop confidence and crucial trial and appellate practice skills.