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Moot Court

Get ready for your law career with Moot Court, a simulated appellate argument opportunity that resembles the way the U.S. Supreme Court functions. In Moot Court, you’ll get to try to persuade a simulated panel of appellate court judges to adopt your client’s interpretation of the law.

Each spring semester, the Pre-Law program sponsors the Liberty Cup, an intramural Moot Court tournament open to Liberty University undergraduate students. Liberty’s Moot Court teams then go on to participate in an intercollegiate tournament each fall. In this competition, two student teams from opposing colleges advance their interpretation of the law from their client’s perspective and respond to questions from the panel of judges.

Preparation for this event is intense and students must read, comprehend, and apply legal concepts from a number of cases. Those participating in Moot Court are given the opportunity to write an appellate brief—a hurdle faced by every law school student.

Since its inception, Liberty University’s Moot Court Team has advanced to the national tournament several times and has placed in the top 10 in the nation.

Get Involved

Prepare yourself for a position on this team by learning the basics of appellate argument and appellate brief writing and by enrolling in Special Topics in Government (GOVT 497).


Learn more about the Liberty University Moot Court Team:

Professor Rathsam
(434) 582-2191