Congratulations to Allison Kruschke, Hannah Buzolits, and Jordan Giles of Michigan State University College of Law for winning the 2019-2020 National Appellate Advocacy Best Brief Award. This year, the ABA Law Student Division was able to complete the written portion of the competition, and we are able to announce the 2019-2020 top 5 National Best Briefs.
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.
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2019-20 Regional Winners
2019-20 Topic: Criminal Due Process
First Team $700
Second Team $650
NAAC Problems and Final Round Recordings
Recent problems and final round recordings are also now available at no cost. These resources may be downloaded and shared within your school for educational purposes. Downloadable and viewing links can be found here.
Competition Rules and Guidelines
Updates for the 2018-19 season will be available in the fall.
The ABA Law Student Division will host six regional moot court competitions. Once all the locations are finalized, each registered law school must 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.
Competition Format & Team Composition
A team consists of two or three JD candidates attending the same ABA-approved law school. 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.