1.19 Moot Court

Hinton Moot Court Competition

The Hinton Moot Court Competition, named for Judge Edward W. Hinton (Professor of Law, 1913-36), is open to all second- and third-year students (except those third-year students who made it to the semi-finals during the previous year). The competition provides students the opportunity to develop skills in writing and appellate advocacy. Moot Court participants advance through three rounds. The Moot Court Competition is conducted by the Hinton Moot Court Board, which is typically made up of semi-finalists and finalists from the previous year, under the supervision of the Office of the Dean of Students and the Faculty Moot Court Committee 

The Fall Round

The focus of the preliminary round is on oral argument — no brief writing is required at this stage. After studying the briefs and record of an actual case and participating in several practice arguments with student judges, each competitor must argue both sides of the case to panels of local alumni attorneys. Approximately 12-14 students advance to the semi-final round.

The Winter Round

The students who have advanced to the semi-final round must brief and argue a new case during the Winter quarter. A panel of faculty members judges the semi-final arguments and selects the four best advocates on the basis of their written and oral advocacy skills.

The Spring Round

The four finalists work in teams of two on another new case during the Spring quarter. A panel of distinguished judges, usually federal appellate judges, presides at the final argument before the Law School community. The winning team is awarded the Hinton Cup; the runners-up are awarded the Llewellyn Cup.

Other Moot Court Competitions

Students often participate in moot court competitions hosted by other law schools.  Students may participate in outside moot court competitions, so long as they do not require the student participants to miss any classes or exams or otherwise interfere with their coursework.  Students may not receive course credit for moot court competitions or similar activities, such as mock arbitrations. 

As a general rule, the Law School does not provide funding for outside moot competitions.  There may, however, be special funds available from donors depending on the competition topic.  If such funding is available, it is typically capped at $500 per team and may be used to cover registration costs.  To learn whether funding is available, please contact the Dean of Students or the Associate Director of Student Affairs.

Students seeking funding for an outside moot court competition must be sure to adhere to the University and Law School restrictions on reimbursements and costs.  For information on reimbursement procedures, please refer to the Student Organization Handbook (http://www.law.uchicago.edu/students/organizations/handbook).