The Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition is the world’s largest moot court, with participants from more than 600 law schools across 100+ nations. The competition simulates a dispute between two countries before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the judicial arm of the United Nations. Recent topics have included the state responsibility for environmental degradation and human rights violations, legality of nuclear weapons, undersea espionage, the threat or use of force, validity of international arbitral awards, mass surveillance, the right of self-determination, and international protections for traditional knowledge and cultural property.
Columbia Law School Jessup Team
The Columbia Law School Jessup team has been one of the most successful in the history of the Jessup competition, frequently winning national championships and advancing to become finalists or competition winners at the international level. Team members have also received numerous awards for their written submissions and individual accolades for being the best oralists at the preliminary and final rounds. This past year, the team won the Northeast Regional championship for the 9th time in 10 years, were crowned U.S. Champions (placing ahead of roughly 110 U.S. schools competing over the course of the year) and successfully argued in the international rounds and eventual Runner-Up in the World Championships. In 2016, the team became the first team since 1998 to win the top international honors for both of its written submissions. Team members have also received recognition from Columbia Law School for their work with the Jessup team. Since 2010, team members have been named Archie O. Dawson Prize (which recognizes proficiency in advocacy) winners five times, and David M. Berger Prize (which recognizes educational excellence in the field of international law) winners eight times.
This year, the Columbia Law School Jessup team seeks to recruit three (3) new members. Joining as a 1L requires a two-year commitment. Participation in Jessup fulfills the 1L moot court requirement and, as a 2L, may fulfill the minor writing requirement and earn course credit. All Columbia Jessup team members write a portion of the memorials and argue before the judges during competition rounds.
1Ls applying for the Columbia Jessup team will be requested to submit a short-written brief arguing one side of a hypothetical contentious case before the ICJ. If selected to advance to the oral rounds, candidates will be requested to present a 10-minute argument for the opposite side of the same case. Candidates will occasionally be interrupted by judges with questions relating to their arguments. Participation on the Columbia team is a substantial commitment, but offers a tremendously rewarding experience that gives students access to exceptional coaching in legal writing and oral advocacy, a forum for intellectually stimulating discussions on issues of international law, and an opportunity to meet law students and practitioners from around the world. Participants will also have access to a superb network of current and former participants, including alumni who have clerked at the ICJ, clerked in the 2nd Circuit, are DOJ Honors, work in the State Department, at Human Rights Watch, within the United Nations, and at top law firms.
While subject to adjustment, we ask that you please keep the following tentative recruitment dates in mind:
Tues. September 10, 2019: Release of application materials
Wed. September 11, 2019 at 4:45 pm: Jessup information session
Tues. September 17, 2019 : Candidates’ written briefs due
Thurs. September 19 – Mon. September 23, 2019: Oral auditions
Week of Mon. September 30, 2019: Announcement of new team members
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This program is made possible by the generous support of Winston & Strawn LLP.