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Moot Court

Registration closed.

Mandatory Meeting for Participants 2/23 @ 7 PM


Meeting ID: 895 8155 2576

Passcode: 307298

What is Moot Court?  A program through which students will develop an argument based on a fictional "problem" that is before an Appellate Court 

  • Students will be presented with a legal problem that is relevant to their lives and could be argued at an Appellate Court.

  • Students will prepare a 10 minute argument for one side of the issue, answer corresponding questions, and respond to opponents’ arguments during the qualifying and final rounds of the competition. 

  • Coaches will guide the students’ preparation, and attorney assistance will be available for each team throughout the preparation. 

  • Each argument will be presented by a team of 2, and teams will be balanced by grade level and interest. 

Who is eligible to participate?  Any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student who resides in Scotch Plains or Fanwood

  • Applicants must be available to attend a virtual mandatory organizational meeting on February 23, 2023 at 7 PM (via Zoom). Applicants may withdraw immediately following the info session, but withdrawing once practice begins may jeopardize the partner's ability to participate.  Please apply only if you believe you could complete the process. 

  • Registration for this event closed on 2/21.


  • Students should feel comfortable speaking in a small group, but no formal experience in public speaking or law is necessary. 

  • Students should have an interest in social studies, the law, or research. 

  • The competition will be limited to 24 participants.  8th grade students will be given priority.

Other Logistics:

  • Practices will be self initiated with an assigned coach. 

  • The expected time commitment is 2 to 3 hours per week until the competition in April. 

  • 8th grade participants will have the opportunity to take on leadership roles in future Moot Court competitions.

  • Qualifying rounds and final rounds will be mandatory for all competitors and will take place in the evenings during the week of April 17th.  The final round will take place on April 20th. 

If you have any questions, please email

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