Caption: 2017 Galloway finalists with the justices who heard the arguments. From left to right: Charles Hsu, Lawrence Ng, Justice Patricia Manoukian (Sixth District Court of Appeal), Justice Nathan Mihara (Sixth District Court of Appeal), Judge Peter Kirwan (Santa Clara County Superior Court), Karin Hjorth, Michael Soon Fah

Caption: 2017 Galloway finalists with the justices who heard the arguments. From left to right: Charles Hsu, Lawrence Ng, Justice Patricia Manoukian (Sixth District Court of Appeal), Justice Nathan Mihara (Sixth District Court of Appeal), Judge Peter Kirwan (Santa Clara County Superior Court), Karin Hjorth, Michael Soon Fah.

The Galloway program is the only moot court program at SCU in which first-year law students may participate. During your 1L year, Galloway is an exciting opportunity to hone your legal writing skills, practice your oral advocacy skills, and introduce yourself to the world of moot court competitions.

Galloway is an internal competition open exclusively to first-year students at SCU. Students work in two-person teams to write briefs for a hypothetical case involving criminal law and procedure.  The sixteen teams with the highest-scoring briefs are then selected to present oral arguments in four successive elimination rounds.

The students on the final two teams receive cash prizes.  Additionally, the students on the final four teams may apply for membership on the Galloway board the following year. Students receive no academic credit for their participation in the Galloway competition.

The Galloway problem materials will be released in mid-January, at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester.  Competitors will have a week to draft their briefs, and teams advancing to the oral argument rounds will be selected later in January.  The four successive oral argument rounds will take place in early February.

Why should you participate in Galloway?

  • Networking
    • Meet practicing PDs, DAs and California Appellate Court Justices
    • Interact with faculty and students outside your section
  • Practical Experience
    • For right now – get more comfortable with cold calls and practice persuasive writing
    • For the future – develop your public speaking skills and practice writing an appellate brief
  • Stand Out
    • Galloway Moot Court Competition is the only competition open to 1Ls
    • Participation in the competition is a great talking point in interviews
  • Cash prizes

QUESTIONS? Please contact a Galloway Board member: Karin Hjorth (Chair), khjorth@scu.edu, Julia Schon, jschon@scu.edu, and Marisa Martinson, mjmartinson@scu.eduAdditionally, the Galloway faculty adviser is Professor Adriana Duffy-Hörling, who may be contacted at amduffy@scu.edu