This fall, The Constitution Project at POGO will host its second annual Emergency Moot Court Competition. This competition challenges students to step into the role of modern-day litigants and sharpen their legal research, writing, and argumentation skills. Finalists will present their work to a panel composed of prominent law professionals, former government officials, and other experts on constitutional law.
About the Competition:
Participants are given a problem mimicking a real-world scenario that would require immediate redress by the federal government and an emergency petition before a federal district court. Participants will learn of a late-breaking factual scenario that could give rise to injunctive or other relief. Participants will have just a matter of days to file a brief to the committee in response to the scenario.
Sign up to register and receive updates on the Emergency Moot Court Competition. Registration closes on Wednesday, September 16, 2021.
Finalists with the most compelling briefs will present oral arguments to a panel in October at the virtual Emergency Moot Court Live. Winners will be announced at the event.
Past judges include Dahlia Lithwick, law and courts reporter for Slate and host of the Amicus podcast, and Dr. Norm Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and member of POGO’s board of directors.
Watch last year's Emergency Moot Court Live on Crowdcast.
First place: $2,500 Second place: $1,000
Participation in the Emergency Moot Court Competition is not limited to the official moot court competition system. The Emergency Moot Court Competition is open to all law students. Students can register as individuals or in teams of two. Rules and guidance will be provided prior to September 17th. No outside assistance is permitted prior to submission of the petitions.
Emergency Moot Court Live:
The Constitution Project at POGO will host a virtual event in late October where spectators will be invited to watch the finalists make their statements before a panel. Following their arguments and the selection of a winner, the expert panelists will examine the issues raised by the arguments.
Registration for the competition opens
Deadline for registration
Constitution Day: Fact Pattern released
Contestants receive Emergency Moot Court Fact Pattern at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 17.
Emergency briefs due
Brief submissions close at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21.
Finalists' briefs selected
In late October (date TBD), spectators will be invited to watch the finalists make their statements before a panel.