Moot Court Association
The New York Law School Moot Court Association (MCA) is one of the nation’s largest and most successful student-run moot court organizations.
Through national competition and MCA’s own rigorous mentoring program, members develop well-honed appellate oral advocacy and brief-writing skills. Members compete in a variety of competitions, ranging topically from criminal procedure to tax, family law, constitutional law, and entertainment law. MCA has participated in competitions across the country, including in D.C. California, and throughout New York State. Since 1992, MCA has won over 80 first-place honors.
Competitions Hosted by NYLS
The Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition
Each fall, MCA administers the Charles W. Froessel Intramural Moot Court Competition, which is open to NYLS students. The Froessel Competition, named for a distinguished Class of 1913 alumnus, is a rigorous recruiting program used to select new MCA members from among NYLS students. In the fall, candidates for membership must complete a comprehensive written and oral advocacy skills training program to prepare them for the rigors of national competition. Upon completion of this program, candidates are granted full membership status and compete nationally in the spring.
The Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition
Each spring, MCA hosts the Annual Robert F. Wagner National Labor and Employment Moot Court Competition, which is open to law students across the country. The Wagner Competition is one of the nation’s largest student-run moot court competitions and the only competition dedicated exclusively to labor and employment law. Past Final Round judges have included U.S. Supreme Court Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, former U.S. Solicitor General Kenneth W. Starr, and David Boies.