Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition

The Moot Court Honors Program hosts the Dean Fred F. Herzog Moot Court Competition. This is a two-credit hour course held each semester, which students generally take during their third semester.

During the semester, participants attend class with a professor and a student teaching assistant. Each competitor is required to research and write a Supreme Court appellate brief, as well as prepare an oral argument to present in competition at the Dirksen Federal Court House. Competition rounds are judged by local practitioners and jurists.

Awards are given for the Best Brief, Best Oralist, as well as First and Second place and Semifinalists. Students who complete the competition with a grade of B or better, and are in the top 33 percent of their class, are eligible to participate in Moot Court Honors Council Candidacy program. Award winners are also elibible for Honors Council Candidacy irrespective of class rank.

Students who are not competing in the current semester's competition, including 1L's, may get involved by volunteering to bailiff rounds of the competition. It is a great opportunity to see a moot court competition and meet those that are judging. Students who have completed the competition may also apply to be a Herzog Teaching Assistant.