Interscholastic Competitions

The competitions listed here are the ones that Pitt Law has been entering regularly. This list is not necessarily exhaustive. Opportunities to try out for competition teams are publicized by email and other means throughout the academic year, though mostly in the fall semester. If you are interested in a particular competition, contact the professor listed for that competition or Professor Bratman.


Allegheny Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition

Students can qualify to represent Pitt Law at this competition either by winning the Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition as a second-year student, or through merit-based selection in the school’s Mock Trial Program.

Allegheny Academy of Trial Lawyers Mock Trial Competition >


AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition

Students can qualify to represent Pitt Law at this competition either by winning the Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition as a second-year student, or through merit-based selection in the school’s Mock Trial Program.

AAJ Student Trial Advocacy Competition >


Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition

Students can qualify to represent Pitt Law at this competition either by winning the Murray S. Love Trial Moot Court Competition as a second-year student, or through merit-based selection in the school’s Mock Trial Program.

Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition >


National Moot Court Competition (appellate)

If a second-year student wins the law school’s intramural Appellate Competition, he or she qualifies automatically for a spot on the subsequent year's National team. In addition, any upper-year student can try out for the remaining spots on the team during the fall semester. Local practitioners selected by Pitt Law serve as coaches for this team. For more information, contact Professor Bratman.

National Moot Court Competition (appellate) >


National Energy Moot Court Competition (appellate)

Students can qualify to represent Pitt Law at this competition in Morgantown, West Virginia through tryouts held during the fall semester. The problem is released in early January, the brief is due in mid February, and the oral phase of the competition is in mid March. Local practitioners selected by Pitt Law serve as coaches for the team. For more information, contact Professor Bratman.

National Energy Moot Court Competition >


Intellectual Property Law

Pitt Law competes annually in two interscholastic intellectual property-related moot court competitions: the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Cardozo/BMI Entertainment and Communications Law Moot Court Competition, which takes place at Cardozo Law School in New York City.

Teams for both competitions are selected in the Fall in internal tryouts and are advised throughout the academic year by full-time Pitt Law faculty and experienced practitioners from the Pittsburgh intellectual property bar. Completion of the full competition entitles each team member to academic credit.

For more information about Pitt Law's participation in these IP moots, visit the moot courts page of the Intellectual Property Certificate Program, or contact Professor Michael Madison.


National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition 

This competition is distinctive in that three adverse teams argue the issues, reflecting the fact that environmental litigation frequently involves multiple parties - the government, a public interest group and a member of the regulated industry. Teams write and file their briefs for their respective parties in early December and come to the Pace campus in February for the oral phase of the Competition.

Selection process: by application and interview. For more information, contact Professor Grant MacIntyre. 

Approximate dates:

  • Selection process in mid-September
  • Problem distributed in early October
  • Brief due right before Thanksgiving break
  • Competition held in late February

National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition >


International Law

For more information about Pitt Law's participation in any of these international moot court competitions, visit the moots page of the Center for International Legal Education. The three competitions in which Pitt Law commonly participates are listed here--

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot >

Niagara International Moot Court Competition

Niagara International Moot Court Competition >

Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition

Philip C. Jessup International Moot Court Competition >


ABA Client Counseling Competition

Students can qualify to represent Pitt Law on this team by serving on the winning team in the school’s intramural Client Counseling Competition.

ABA Client Counseling Competition >