Wagner Competition

The Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition is the nation’s largest student-run moot court competition and the premier national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of labor and employment law. The NYLS Moot Court Association sponsors this competition in honor of the late U.S. Senator, Robert F. Wagner, our distinguished alumnus.

The 44th Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition

The Moot Court Association invites you to the 44th Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition. For over forty years, as many as fifty schools from across the country have annually competed in this prestigious event. As we continue this great tradition, we are looking for ways to improve the rewarding experience for our competitors.

As such, we would like to announce two exciting new changes to our rules. On the first day of the competition, competitors will be scheduled for two preliminary rounds instead of the customary three. Also, competitors will receive a physical copy of their oral argument scoresheets after each round. We believe that these changes will help improve the competitors’ performance in future rounds and their overall competition experiences.

Registration and Details

This competition will be held Friday, March 6–Sunday, March 8, 2020. Registration opens at 1:00 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 and closes either at 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Friday, December 6, 2019 or once we have reached a total of 40 teams. The non-refundable registration fee for this year’s competition is $640 per team, which includes entry into the competition and two tickets to the awards ceremony at the Wagner Banquet. Teams may purchase additional, non-refundable Banquet tickets for $80 each. The deadline for receipt of all payments is Wednesday, January 15, 2020. Additionally, please find a link to the New York Marriot Downtown where we have blocked out a number of rooms for the competition weekend that you may book at your convenience.

The fact pattern and rules will be released Friday, January 17, 2020, and competitors’ briefs will be due no later than Friday, February 14, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (EST).

We encourage students to take advantage of this opportunity and use this form to register your team.


New York Law School
Attn: Moot Court Association, Suzanne Tirado
185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013