The National Moot Court Competition is held each March in conjunction with the Hispanic National Bar Association Annual Mid-Year Conference. This competition is co-sponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Foundation, the HNBA’s 501 (c)(3) sister organization. It provides law students with the opportunity to hone their brief writing and oral advocacy skills while exploring a complex legal issue.
Dates and timeline overview
Application packets will come out the second week of October and be due the last week of the month.
Oral argument try outs will be held the first week of November.
The actual moot court problem is generally released toward the end of November.
The competition coincides with the HNBA mid-year convention – usually right before or during spring break.
Try out details
The application will require completion of a short three-to-five-page writing assignment – open research, a copy of a student’s resume, preparation and delivery of an oral argument on the writing assignment.
Selection will be made based on the combination of these items and will be complete by Thanksgiving.
What to expect
Students should expect to dedicate some time over Christmas break to meet with their teammates and prepare a brief. It is important to keep momentum and complete most of the research and analysis before classes start in January. During January, students will meet in weekly or biweekly sessions. They should be prepared to keep their evening schedule relatively free of conflicts. During February and early March, several practice oral arguments will take place per week. The competition will be completed by around Spring Break.