Moot Court team prepares for spring competition

This spring, Charleston School of Law students will visit New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New Orleans and Vienna, Austria to compete in moot court competitions.

The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Austria is one of the premiere annual competitions for law school students. More than 300 teams participated in last year’s competition.

“I am thrilled that our students have an opportunity to argue on the world stage,” said Charleston Law Provost and Dean Larry Cunningham. “This is a great opportunity for students to sharpen their skills.”

Formed as a student organization in 2005, moot court at Charleston Law allows students to practice legal research, writing skills, and engage in oral arguments in a courtroom setting.

“The Moot Court Board has allowed me to compete on a team again at a high level through both mediums of oral advocacy and persuasive writing,” added 3L Morgan Murphy. “This opportunity has improved my litigation skills, developed my legal writing style, and increased my confidence.”

Preparing for a Moot Court enables students to work with peers and develop your legal research skills. Students will also develop critical thinking skills, build robust, persuasive arguments, and hone courtroom etiquette.

“Moot Court was an unknown to me when I tried out, yet my experience has boosted my confidence and expanded my legal knowledge as well as helping me to determine my future legal path,” noted Lori Horst.

“Moot Court has done so much more for me than I could have ever expected,” said Noah Singer (’22). “From refining my drafting skills to excelling with research, moot court has been the perfect organization for me to continue working on skills that I will need for the future.”

The Charleston School of Law will open their spring Moot Court competition on Wednesday, February 22 at the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. The full spring Moot Court schedule is available below.


Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
February 22- February 25, 2023

Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition
Albany, New York
March 3- March 4, 2023

Williams Institute Moot Court Competition
Los Angeles, CA
March 11 (preliminary round)
April 14 (Finals)

Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
Washington D.C.
March 17- March 18, 2023

Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 23- March 25, 2023

Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition
Albany, New York
March 30- April 1, 2023

Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot
Vienna, Austria
March 31- April 6, 2023


The Charleston School of Law is an ABA-accredited law school nationally recognized for its student-centric culture. Our faculty and staff are committed to preparing you for success both in the classroom and in the legal profession.

  • The Princeton Review ranks Charleston School of Law professors sixth in the country for faculty accessibility and No. 12 nationwide in quality of teaching (2022)
  • Charleston School of Law faculty ranked among the top of The Princeton Review’s list of Best Professors in the nation (2016-2018)
  • Experiential Learning: Charleston School of Law students have access to more than 150 externship sites, creating opportunities for experiential learning in the legal field.
  • Community Service: Charleston School of Law students have performed more than 241,000 community service hours (2004-current).
  • Students have won the National Tax Moot Court Championship for seven consecutive years (2012-2018)

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