May 25th, 2012
All first-year students at the Northwestern University School of Law are required to take part in the Arlyn Miner Moot Court Program, in which students prepare for and argue a case in front of an appellate court of alumni and faculty. Second-year students are able, but not required, to participate in the annual Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition. Participants prepare appellate briefs and present oral arguments before panels in several rounds, culminating in the final round, which is conducted in front of the entire Northwestern Law student body. Also available at Northwestern Law are national and international moot court competition options, for which students must be selected. The Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court team is chosen based on completion of courses in International Arbitration and International Sales, as well as tryouts, and involves a yearlong commitment. The largest moot court competition in the world, the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court competition, was won by the Northwestern team in 1979, and in both 1999 and 2005, the school’s team won the Regional Championships to compete in the International Rounds. Only five students at Northwestern are chosen for this team during their first year (after an intraschool competition), and after much coaching, they start competing in their second year.