External Moot Court – Put Your Law School Skills Into Practice!

Honors Moot Court

· Develop law practice skills

· Refine your advocacy skills

· Expand your professional network

· Enhance your resume

Honors Moot Court External (HMCE) selects the finest legal writers, oral advocates, and skilled negotiators and client counselors to represent Santa Clara Law against other law schools in the most prestigious moot court competitions in the country. Teams of two to three law students are selected for each competition. Thereafter, these elite teams focus on writing a winning brief and refining oral argument, or honing their negotiation or counseling skills, through a series of practice moots with professors, practicing attorneys, and members of the judiciary. Teams have competed around the world, and on a broad range of topics. This is a unique experience you won’t get in a classroom.

Interested In Joining Honors Moot Court External?

Be on the look-out for informational sessions or emails scheduled throughout the Fall 2018 Semester. We select negotiations competitors in August, while we select competitors for other types of competitions later in the fall.

All upper-division students are eligible to participate in at least some of our external competitions. To participate in the appellate competition, upper division students are required to have completed Advocacy before the current fall semester.

Current 1Ls: While you are not yet eligible for HMCE, you can still prepare for it. If you are interested in participating in the HMCE appellate competition next year, you must complete Advocacy this coming summer. Your initial brief submissions and oral advocacy scores from your Advocacy class are very important to the tryout process; they will be used as a base consideration for your appellate team tryout.

Types of HMCE Competitions

The HMCE appellate competitions are the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, which focuses on trademark law, and the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition, which focuses on patent law. As noted above, interested students must have completed Advocacy before applying.

Santa Clara students also participate in negotiation and client counseling competitions. We recommend that interested students enroll in a Negotiations class during your Fall semester, or take other related coursework as appropriate.

The negotiation and client counseling competitions include:

  • Sports Law
  • National Criminal Procedure Tournament
  • ABA Negotiation
  • ABA Client Counseling
  • Environmental Law Negotiation
  • Jean Pictet International Humanitarian Law (note that you must have taken, or be currently enrolled in, Professor Josi’s International Humanitarian Law course to be eligible for this competition)
  • AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition
  • INTA Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

Course Credit
Students may earn between one and two credits for participating in HMCE, depending on the competition. Each credit requires 50 hours of substantive work that the Faculty Advisor will certify.

A member of the Santa Clara Law faculty or a practicing attorney will serve as a coach for each team. Generally, coaches bring both expertise in the competition topic (e.g., trademark law, sports law) and experience in the particular skill (e.g., brief writing and oral argument skills, negotiations skills).

Please send any questions you have about HMCE to Tiffany Miller, Board Chair, at hmce@scu.edu.


Assistant Director: Peiyao Zhang

Competition Managers: Rachel Minarovich, Orlando Villa, Joey Eisenberg, Jessica Szychowski, Mikaela Burkhardt, Peiyao Zhang and Tiffany Miller