Update for Academic Year 20-21: Moot Court has gone virtual! Due to the pandemic, Moot Court has shifted to a virtual platform, nationwide. See below for news and updates.
San Francisco State University and the Department of Political Science have a young, but very competitive, Moot Court Team and a Moot Court Club.
What is Moot Court?
Moot Court, a traditional law school activity now growing in the undergraduate arena, prepares students for the rigors of arguing a case before the United States Supreme Court. Moot Court is an outstanding opportunity for students to experience the practice of Constitutional Law first hand. We hope to build a program that provides not only good instruction and training for students in their future endeavors, but also to create a program that is competitive nationally. While the program has been in existence only since 2017, the students’ performance at past tournaments demonstrates we are well on our way to achieving that national standing.
How does Moot Court Work?
Moot Court is an academic competition in which students engage in legal/appellate advocacy before a fictional United States Supreme Court. Each team consists of two SF State students who argue one constitutional issue apiece. In 2018 the American American Moot Court Association (AMCA) “case problem” consisted of a fact-pattern involving the 14th Amendment right to Equal Protection and 1st Amendment right to Freedom of Expression (specifically, Affirmative Action and Employee Speech). Team members prepare “argument outlines” to serve as assistive aids during the competition, which include detailed legal analysis of the applicable controlling law on these constitutional issues.
During the competition, students present oral argument to a panel of judges who evaluate their performance, both on legal substance and oratorical skill. Students must present arguments at least three times, and must argue both sides of the case during the preliminary rounds of the tournament.
For Moot Court contact information email Prof. Nick Conway at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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What is your favorite part about moot court and how has it impacted your time at San Francisco State?
AMCA Northeast Regional: November 13-14, 2020
AMCA Western Regional: November 6-7, 2020 - the hybrid team of SFSU/Berkeley (Abigail Richards-Hatton - SFSU; Megan Cistulli - Berkeley) placed as the #1 (Cistulli) and #3 (Richards-Hatton) individual orators.
SFSU/Cal State Fullerton: October 25, 2020
SFSU/UCSB Scrimmage: October 18, 2020
2020 National Tournament: SFSU team (Owen Nelson and Aaron Gamez) were in the final 32.
2019 AMCA: SFSU was the 2019 AMCA National Brief Writing Champion (team comprised of Yana Gagloeva and Liam Sidebottom).
Colorado Christian University Invitational:October 2018 - All three teams advanced to Sweet 16. Two students (Owen Nelson and Yana Gagloeva) placed top 15 speakers out of 54 students.
Fresno State Scrimmage: September 2018 - Two teams advanced to Semi-Finals. Owen Nelson and Abigail Richards advanced to the Final Round. Yana Gagloeva placed #1 orator and Devon Montes placed #5 orator.
Long Beach Invitational: April 2018 - Two teams advanced to Semi-Finals. 4 students ranked top 10 orators.
Fresno State Regionals: November 2017 - Two teams advanced to top 16.
California Classic at Cal State Long Beach (virtual tournament): 4/30/2021-5/1/2021.