External Competitions


The George Washington University Law School and the GW Law Moot Court Board, host several interscholastic competitions that are open to all ABA-approved law schools. Learn more about these competitions below.

GW Advances to Giles Reich Intellectual Property Nationals

3Ls Samuel Cockriel and Emma Frank were finalists in Giles Rich Intellectual Property Regional Moot Court Competition in Atlanta, GA from March 23-25, 2018.  As a result of being one of the top two teams in the Regional, they now advance to the Nationals in Washington, DC on April 18-20, 2018.  The team is coached by Adjunct Professor Matthew Dowd, a GW Law alum who now heads his own IP law firm, Dowd PLLC.  More information on this competition can be found at: http://www.aipla.org/resources2/programs/Pages/Moot-Court-Competition.aspx

GW Reaches Final in Space Law

2Ls Christina Lamoureux and Julia Malette were finalists in Manfred Lachs Space Law American Regional Moot Court Competition in Washington, DC from March 23-24, 2018.

Additionally, Christina was selected Best Oral Advocate.  The team was coached by Adjunct Professor Henry Hertzfeld, a GW Law alum who is Director of the Space Policy Institute and a Research Professor at the GWU Elliott School of International Relations.  More information on the competition can be found at: http://iislweb.org/lachs_moot/

GW Reaches the Finals in Bankruptcy Moot Court

3Ls James McIntyre & Omid Rahnama were finalists in 26th Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition held from March 3-5, 2018 in New York City.  Prior to that, the team also reached the finals of the Fourth Circuit Regional held at the American Bankruptcy Institute in Alexandria, VA on February 18, 2018.  The team was coached by adjunct professor Michael Baxter of Covington with much assistance from Craig Goldblatt of WilmerHale.

GW’s February 2018 Moot Court Successes

The GW Law Moot Court Board is pleased to announce some weekend success by our board members:…

  1. The 3L team of Donald Crowell and Alison Cheperdak won the 24th Annual National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition held at Catholic Law from February 9-10, 2018.  They were coached by alumni adjunct professor M. Ethan Lucarelli, who is a Communications Associate in Wiley Rein LLP’s Washington, D.C. office.
  1. International LLM Elizaveta Semenova won Best Oral Advocate at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Mid-Atlantic Regional Moot Court held at GW Law from February 8-11, 2018.  Additionally, the team of 3L Ian O’Keefe, LLM Elizaveta Semenova, 3L Lisa Ann Johnson, 3L Kathryn Penry & 3L Mallory Kruper reached the semi-finals, one win away from advancing to the international rounds.  They were coached by AndrewMichaels, our Visiting Associate Professor and Frank H. Marks Intellectual Property Fellow.

Congratulations to both teams!


National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition

National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition

Fall Competition | Washington, D.C.

The National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition (Veterans) is the only veterans law competition in the United States. It is sponsored by the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association, and the George Washington University Law School. Rounds are held at GW Law and the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.

The Veterans competitions accepts up to two teams of two students from each ABA-approved law school that participates.

GW Law students wishing to participate in this competition must be sponsored by the GW Law Moot Court Board or approved by Advocacy Programs. GW Law students will earn one credit for this competition.

Click here for more information.
Register Here by Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Competition Dates: November 4-5, 2017
Veterans Competition Liaison: Courtney Lutz (2L)

2017 National Veterans Law Moot Court Registration Deadline








Phillip C. Jessup Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition

The Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court competition in the world with over 500 law schools in 80 countries. The Mid-Atlantic Regional is hosted at the George Washington University Law School in the Spring. Every year, the problem involves a hypothetical dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings and argue both sides of the case.

The GW team is selected the prior year based on results from the Judge Albert H. Grenadier International Law Moot Court Competition. GW Law School competitions receive on elective credit for their participation.

For more information, visit the International Law Students Association webpage.

Jessup Liaison: Callard Cowdery (2L)