Participating in appellate competitions is a great way to improve your research, writing, analytical, and oral advocacy skills. Competitors act as attorneys in a simulated appeal. Teams compete in at least two rounds, arguing once for the petitioner/appellant and once for the respondent. Judges for these competitions are local attorneys. Winners move on to regional competition.

The Appellate Competition takes place once each semester (fall/spring).

In order to get an idea of the competition, feel free to take a look at the Fall 2007 problem and Spring 2008 problem.

Pre-Requisites for Appellate Participation

Each competitor must have at least a 2.0 GPA and either have already completed Legal Writing II or be actively enrolled in that course in order to compete in the Appellate Competition.


  1. Writing Appellate Briefs (Word)
  2. Drafting Persuasive Arguments (PowerPoint)
  3. Effective Arguments (PowerPoint)
  4. How to Prepare for and Give an Effective Oral Argument (PowerPoint)

Contact us

Seattle University School of Law
Moot Court Board
Sullivan Hall 106
Seattle, WA 98122-1090
Fax: 206-398-4345

Sarah Wood, Chair

Justin Gorney, Vice Chair

For information about judging opportunities, please contact Judge Relations Chair Davis Haas, 2L.