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.

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.

GW Law School competitions receive on elective credit for their participation. For more information, visit the International Law Students Association webpage.

Please contact Trent Buatte at [email protected] with any questions.

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.

Competition Dates: November 3-4, 2018
Veterans Competition Liaison: Natasha Rao (3L)

Stetson International Environmental Moot Court Competition

Spring Competition | Pepperdine University School of Law

The Stetson IEMCC is the world’s largest moot court competition devoted exclusively to global environmental issues. National and regional rounds will be held around the world, and the teams that advance out of those rounds will be invited to participate in the International Finals, which will be held at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida, on April 11–13, 2019. W The theme for this year’s competition is “Use of the Sargasso Sea and the Protection of Eels.” The registration form and instructions for the North American Regional Round are also available on the website. Additional information about the competition is available on the Stetson IEMCC website at www.stetson.edu/law/international/iemcc

Competition Dates:

  • Regional Round: February 8-9, 2019
  • Final Round: April 11-13, 2019 at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida

Ian Fletcher International Insolvency Law Moot Competition

Spring Competition | Singapore 

The Fletcher Moot welcomes universities from around the world to participate in a mooting competition
dealing with international insolvency litigation. Held in conjunction with the INSOL International
Academics Colloquium and Annual Conference, the competition provides a unique opportunity for
students to experience real-world court proceedings before international panels of prestigious judges.

For more information about the competition and how to register please visit our website: https://www.qut.edu.au/law/about/news-events/international-insolvency-law-moot

Please email any registration and administrative queries to the Moot Coordinator Sandra Mulholland at [email protected]

Competition Dates:

  • Register by October 26, 2018
  • Final Round: March 29-31, 2019

Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition

Spring Competition | William S. Boyd School of Law

The William S. Boyd School of Law is pleased to announce the 4th Annual Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Moot Court Competition! The Competition focuses on emerging issues at the intersection of gaming law and regulation. This year’s competition will take place March 1–3, 2019, at the Boyd School of Law, in Las Vegas, Nevada. 

Registration opens Monday, September 17, 2018. The Frank A. Schreck Gaming Law Competition offers early bird registration and pricing, which ends Monday, October 15, 2018. Regular registration closes on Friday, December 7, 2018.

The competition problem will be developed with guidance from the faculty at the Boyd School of Law, which boasts the #1 Legal Writing program in the United States, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. The Boyd School of Law is a pioneer in gaming education and is the only law school to offer an LL.M. in Gaming Law and Regulation. Last year’s competition welcomed 26 teams from around the country.

For more information and updates, including pricing information, please visit our competition website here. For inquiries, please contact the competition co-chairs, David Chavez and Shannon Zahm, at [email protected].

Competition Dates:

  • Registration by December 7, 2018
  • Final Round: March 1-3, 2019 at the Boyd School of Law in Las Vegas, Nevada

GNLU International Moot Court Competition (GIMC)

Spring Competition | Gujarat National Law University (GNLU)

GIMC is a leading moot court competition on International Trade Law which, over the past decade, has sought to simulate the WTO dispute settlement mechanism. This edition’s Moot Problem is centered around the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures.

Competition Dates:

  • February 13-17, 2019; April 2019

31st Annual Domenick L. Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition

Spring Competition | Albany Law School

The Gabrielli National Family Law Competition is held each year at Albany Law School focusing on current issues in the field of family law.Last year’s problem addressed whether a provision in a separation agreement requiring the noncustodial parent to pay “college tuition” obligates him to pay his child’s tuition at a trade school and for longer than four years. Competitors also argued whether an indigent parent must be provided with counsel when he faces incarceration for civil contempt due to his failure to pay child support.

To learn more about this event, please visit http://www.albanylaw.edu/mootcourt/intraschool/family-law-competition

Competition Dates:

  • Registration Deadline: November 8, 2018
  • Competition: February 28 – March 2, 2019

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/