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About NAAC, the ABA’s National Moot Court Competition

The ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition (NAAC) is a moot court competition that emphasizes the development of oral advocacy skills through a realistic appellate advocacy experience. Moot court competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the United States Supreme Court. The competition involves writing a brief as either respondent or petitioner and then arguing the case in front of the mock court.

Please send any questions to competitions@americanbar.org

Entry Fee:
First Team $700
Second Team $650

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Regional Assignments

The ABA Law Student Division will host six regional moot court competitions. Once all the locations are finalized, each registered law school will be given the opportunity to rank their preference among the six regional locations.

The Law Student Division will use its best efforts to assign each school to its first or second choice. We may have to resort to third choices to distribute the teams evenly. Priority will be given to those schools in immediate geographic proximity of their first or second choice.

Participants should not make travel plans until they have received their official regional assignment from the ABA Law Student Division.

Team Composition

A team consists of two or three JD candidates attending the same ABA-approved law school. Moot court teams write their brief and then present oral arguments.

The regional competition consists of three qualifying rounds with each team arguing at least once on behalf of the respondent and the petitioner. Teams pairings for the first two rounds based on their brief scores. After three qualifying rounds, 16 teams advance to the semifinal round. Ultimately, four teams from each regional competition advance to the moot court National Finals.

NAAC Competition Results

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Competition Dates

Find out when and where NAAC will be happening.

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Membership Requirements

Premium membership in the Law Student Division is more than just competition participation.

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