Froessel Competition

Each fall, the New York Law School Moot Court Association administers the Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition. The Froessel Competition is a rigorous recruiting program used by the New York Law School Moot Court Association to select its members. In addition, the competition provides students with the opportunity to display their advocacy skills.

The competition is named in honor of NYLS alumnus Charles W. Froessel (Class of 1913), an Associate Judge of the New York Court of Appeals.

The 41st Annual Charles W. Froessel Competition (September 2017)

The 41st Annual Charles W. Froessel Intramural Competition Rules are available here.

Froessel Competition In The News

On October 5, 2015, the New York Law Journal featured our Froessel competition in an article. Click here for the article.

Key Dates

Information Sessions: April 20, 24, and 26 of 2017
Recording is available here.

Registration Deadline:July 7, 2017 (11:59pm) – Registration is available here.

Fact Pattern Release: July 9, 2017 – Click here to view.

Briefs Due Date: August 10, 2017 by 7:00 p.m. or August 21, 2017*

Competition Dates: September 8–10, 2017

Final Round: September 10, 2017 from 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. in the Auditorium

*August 21, 2017 deadline is ONLY for students enrolled in the two-year honors accelerated program.

Information About Moot Camps

We urge all students interested in competing to join the Moot Court Association to attend these sessions. They explain what the Froessel Competition entails and how to do well. There have been some changes in the format since last year and it will be helpful to learn the details here. For those who cannot attend, the sessions will be recorded.  

Moot Camp I: Was held Saturday June 24, 2017.  Moot Court Association Members explained what it was like to be a competitor in the Froessel Competition. Student editors discussed brief writing techniques. (Note: briefs for moot court competitions are in a slightly different format than what was taught in legal practice class. This was an opportunity to clarify any questions about writing the brief.) Members also discussed how much time to put into preparation for the competition. In the past, this has helped members plan for summer accordingly. A video of Moot Camp I is available here.

Moot Camp II: Sunday July 9, 2017 at 12:00pm (Room W400) Moot Court Association Members will provide tips on how to deliver a successful oral argument. Members will demonstrate both good and bad oral argument techniques. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and get a head start on the competition. A video of Moot Camp II is available here.

41st Annual Charles W. Froessel Competition (September 2017)

Video of the final round argument, Froessel Competition, September 10, 2017 can be found here.

Congratulations to All of the Award Winners:

Finalists: Corrine Hilber and Ehi Borha

Best Oralist: Ehi Borha

Best Preliminary Round Oral Advocate: Mike Kelley

Best Petitioner Brief: Lili Shainis

Best Respondent Brief: Jena Silverman