Welcome to the Honors Moot Court website at Santa Clara University. Honors Moot Court provides opportunities for students to participate in competitions internally (at Santa Clara University) or externally (at other schools).

The Honors Moot Court programs at Santa Clara give law students the unique opportunity to demonstrate their legal research & writing skills, producing professional-quality work while also showcasing their oral advocacy abilities.

Honors Moot Court students work independently and in teams on their respective competitions, and thus develop and enhance the professional skills needed in the practice of law, such as leadership and team building, project & schedule management, communication skills, and networking with colleagues, supervisors, and members of the legal community.

The two programs are distinct, and both are run by Honors Moot Court boards consisting of third- and fourth-year students who previously competed in moot court.

Honors Moot Court External (HMCE)

The School of Law enters student teams in a number of inter-school, or external, moot court competitions. These are hosted by law schools and other organizations around the country and internationally in various subjects (constitutional law, criminal procedure, copyright, trademark, environmental law, international law, etc.).

Many of the teams are selected early in the fall semester, with briefs due and oral arguments held during the spring semester. Others are held during the fall semester, and require team selections over the preceding summer.

Eligibility to participate and receive credit therefore is limited and is based on application and demonstration of ability. For information on applying, see the “HMC External Application Information” link on the left.

Honors Moot Court Internal (HMCI)

Each year the School of Law conducts an in-house appellate moot court competition strictly for SCU students.  Enrollment is limited, and students are selected by the Internal Moot Court Board based on their oral and written performance in Advocacy.

The HMCI Competition is accompanied by a mandatory course in the spring semester, when briefs are due and oral arguments take place (permission numbers to register will be given to accepted applicants).


Honors Moot Court External

Please direct general questions to HMCE Director William McAdoo (wmcadoo@scu.edu). Additionally, the HMCE faculty advisor is Prof. Michael Flynn, who may be contacted at mwflynn@scu.edu.

Honors Moot Court Internal

With general questions please contact HMCI Director Kyle Cakebread at kcakebread@scu.edu. Additionally, the HMCI faculty advisor is Prof. Michael Flynn, who may be contacted at mwflynn@scu.edu.

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