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Upper-year moot court competitions offer exciting opportunities to develop legal skills and delve into a particular area of law. 

The following programs are sponsored by external organizations and companies and span a broad range of legal topics. Limited funds are available to help defray the costs of participating in an external moot court program. If you are interested in a program that is not listed below, please contact Ilene Strauss, director of legal writing and moot court programs.

Competition Information

Listed by registration deadline

7th Edition of National Law University Odisha Bose & Mitra & Co. International Maritime Arbitration Moot 2020 (IMAM)

  • Dates of the competition: March 27–29, 2020
  • Location: Cuttack, India
  • Prizes:
    • The Winning Team (Best Team Award) shall be awarded INR 75,000 plus three Internship slots at Bose & Mitra & Co.
    • Runners-Up Team (Second-Best Team Award) shall be awarded INR 45,000 plus 3 Internship slots at Bose & Mitra & Co. 
    • Best Oralist shall be awarded INR 15,000 
    • Best Memorial shall be awarded INR 15,000 

Touro Law Center's 6th Annual National Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion

  • Dates of the competition: April 5–6, 2020
  • Location: Touro Law Center (Central Islip, NY)
  • Register for the competition here
  • Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 15, 2020

The 13th Annual Price Media Law Moot Court Programme

  • Dates of the competition: Thursday, February 6, 2020, to Saturday, February 8, 2020
  • In 2019–2020, Columbia Law School will field a moot court team for the Monroe E Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, which brings together students from law schools around the world and challenges them to respond to issues involving media law, freedom of expression, and international human rights law. Top teams from each regional round advance to the final international round in Oxford, England (March 30–April 3). 
  • This year’s moot court problem balances the right to engage in anonymous online expression against a government’s authority to protect its citizens against hate speech. 
  • If you are a 2L, 3L, or LL.M. student interested in this exciting opportunity, contact Professor Robert Balin ([email protected]) and Adam Lazier ([email protected]). 

About the Coaches

Robert Balin is a partner in the New York office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. For more than 30 years, he has represented U.S. and international news organizations and journalists in all aspects of media law and litigation. He has also taught media law to the next generation as an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School. Balin has served as a judge at both the Americas Round and final International Round of the Price Moot Competition, and he’s thrilled to be coaching a team from our law school.

Adam Lazier is an associate in the media litigation group at the New York office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where he works closely with news organizations, publishers, and other media clients from pre-publication review to trials and appeals. Originally from Canada, he was an international quarterfinalist in the Price Moot in 2015 while studying for his LL.M. at the New York University School of Law.