The following are answers to frequently asked questions about
membership in the Moot Court Honor Society at St. John's Law
Who is eligible to compete for membership in
the Moot Court Honor Society?
The Moot Court Honor Society invites rising
second-year day students, rising part-time third-year
students, and students who transferred to St. John’s at the
beginning of the academic year to compete for membership. Students
must be in good academic standing to qualify for membership.
Moot Court members cannot also be members of the St. John’s
Law Review, but they are eligible for membership on other scholarly
How are members selected?
We use four criteria to select Moot Court Honor
- Brief portion of the Reverend Joseph T. Tinnelly Moot Court
- Oral argument portion of the Tinnelly Competition
- Overall GPA for the first year
- Legal Writing II grade (Spring Semester)
Students receive and submit the writing portion of the
competition electronically through the Law School's TWEN
portal. Prospective members then engage in oral arguments on
their written brief in the Tinnelly Competition held in
June. We offer a make-up competition in early August for
students unable to take part in oral arguments due to work or other
Why should I consider membership in the Moot Court Honor
Moot Court Honor Society members develop practical
legal writing and oral advocacy skills, which are essential to
marketing your legal experience to prospective
employers. Employers from private law firms, public interest
firms, and government organizations and agencies seek candidates
who have the practical experience that Moot Court affords.
What will I do as a member?
During the fall semester, all new members
enhance their writing and oral advocacy skills through "Appellate
Advocacy—Moot Court," a required three-credit course taught by the
Dean Larry Cunningham, and "Oral Argument Breakout Sessions,"
taught by Professor Marilyn Filingeri. New members also have the
opportunity to compete in two internal competitions — one in the
fall and one in the spring — and external competitions, which
involve brief writing and competing against other law schools in
Do I get academic credit for participating in the Moot
Court Honor Society?
During their first semester of membership, new
members receive two credits for completing the "Appellate
Advocacy — Moot Court" course. In addition, toward the end of
their first year, eligible members of Moot Court may run for
Executive Board positions, which offer academic credit.
Does my participation satisfy any academic
Successful completion of the "Appellate
Advocacy—Moot Court" course satisfies the Practical Legal
What if I have additional questions?
contact us. We are happy to answer your questions.