The principal oral advocacy organization at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, the Moot Court Board aims to enhance and showcase the Appellate advocacy skills of our students. It is ranked 28th in the nation following a very successful 2017-2018 academic year.
Members of the Moot Court Board have the opportunity to showcase their Appellate advocacy and writing skills through competing in various national Appellate advocacy competitions across the country. Students argue cases involving constitutional law, criminal procedure, sports law, entertainment law and more in front of distinguished panels against law students from around the country.
The annual Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition, an intra-school tournament that has long been a hallmark of the Villanova Law experience, occurs every November. Current Board Members, Steven Lee ‘19 and Daniel Sulvetta ’19, won the 58th Annual Reimel Competition in November 2017. Steven Lee also received the Best Oral Advocate award.
The Moot Court Board also helps the first-year legal writing faculty members administer and judge spring semester oral arguments.
Students can become members of the Moot Court Board in two ways:
- Summer Moot Court Competition: Competitors write an appellate brief on a hypothetical problem and argue before a panel of judges from the Moot Court Executive Board. The board then invites about 10-12 of those students to join the Board.
- Reimel Moot Court Competition: At the discretion of the Moot Court Executive Board, students may receive an invitation to join the Board based on their success in the annual Reimel Competition.