The Jessup Moot Court Competition is organized through the International Law Students Association (ILSA). The International Law Students Association (ILSA) is a non-profit association of students and young lawyers dedicated to the study and promotion of international law. Generally, legal education in the U.S. and elsewhere focuses upon domestic or local law, but ILSA is dedicated to supplementing this traditional approach with opportunities for study, research and career networking which concentrates on international and transnational law.
The Jessup Competitions brings together law schools from around the country, but also includes law schools from around the world as they compete to win Regionals, and then ultimately the Nationals. The Competition is held once a year as opposed to traditional Moot Court at Cooley. The competition focuses on an appellate style argument presented in front of an international tribunal, namely the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Students argue a host of multinational and international law issues presented in a factual hypothetical. How does one make the Jessup Team?
In order to make this team, students need to enroll in Advanced Practice Skills International. This course is ONLY OFFERED IN THE FALL (MICHAELAMS) TERM EVERY YEAR. The class focuses on international topics, including topics which are part of the Jessup competition. The class is taught by Professor's Paul Carrier and David Finnegan. Although it is an elective class, this class starts you off with an understanding of some core international law concepts, and as the term progresses information is filtered through the ILSA about the Jessup Competition. As the class receives the set of facts, commonly referred to as the "Compromis", students then prepare various assignments throughout the term in hopes of being selected to the team. Among others, an important assignment includes researching and writing an appellate style brief. The brief is evaluated by both professors and constitutes a majority of your grade. An oral argument also accompanies the brief. Finally, during the term, students also give treaty and case analysis presentations. Five students are selected based on their performance on these various assignments throughout the term. If you make the team, an additional credit is added towards graduation requirement and is fulfills the Moot Court Requirement for the Ligitation Concentration. Once the team submits official briefs to ILSA, preparation begins for the Oral Arguments for the regional rounds. The regionals are generally held a month after the written submissions.