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Lawyering Skills III: Herzog Moot Court Competition

The Moot Court Honors Program hosts the Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition. This is a two-credit hour, semester-long course, which students take during their third semester or thereafter.

During this course, participants attend class with a professor and a student teaching assistant. Each competitor is required to research and write two Supreme Court appellate briefs, as well as prepare an oral argument to present in competition at the Dirksen Federal Court House. Competition rounds are judged by local practitioners and jurists.

Awards are given for First and Second Place, Semifinalists, Best Brief, and Best Oralist. Students who complete the competition with a grade of B or better and are in the top 33% of their class are eligible to participate in Moot Court Honors Council Candidacy Program. Award winners are also eligible for Honors Council Candidacy irrespective of class rank.

Students who are not competing in the current semester's competition, including 1Ls, may get involved by volunteering to bailiff rounds of the competition. It is a great opportunity to see a moot court competition and meet those that are judging. Students who have completed the competition may also apply to be a Herzog Teaching Assistant.

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All Herzog students must sign up for the Lexis-Nexis web course to access course documents, announcements, Q&A, discussion board posts, and news about those who are advancing.

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For information about becoming a bailiff or graduate hourly, contact Linda McHugh at