National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition

About the Competition

In the spring semester, Whittier Law School’s Center for Children and Families and Moot Court Honors Board co-host the only annual national moot court competition that exclusively focuses on juvenile law issues. The competition has addressed a wide range of issues that affect juveniles and attracts competitors from law schools across the nation.

Last year’s competition was a great success thanks to the wonderful work by students, faculty, and others who made it all possible. We were especially pleased to have so many teams from around the country participate.

The 21st Annual National Juvenile Law Moot Court Competition will be held on February 5-6, 2016.

2016 Registration Information

Step 1: Please register online here.
Step 2: After registration, please pay here

Past Problems

2011 Problem
2012 Problem
2013 Problem
2014 Problem
2015 Problem

2016 Problem

The 2016 National Juvenile Law Moot Court competition problem will explore legal matters encountered by immigrant children in the United States. The 2016 Problem will be released to teams who have registered and provided the names of all team members on Monday, November 16, 2015.

Competition Rules

2016 Revised Competition Rules

Important Dates

Early registration is encouraged as the number of teams will be limited to 24. Please note that only ABA Accredited Schools are eligible to compete.

  • Registration Opens: Monday, September 14, 2015
  • Deadline for Early Registration ($450 registration fee): Friday, October 23, 2015
  • Deadline for Registration ($500 registration fee): Monday, November 16, 2015
  • Problem Released: Monday, November 16, 2015
    Please note: Names of team members must be submitted in order to receive the problem.
  • Brief Due: Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Competition Awards

Academic Scholarships

Winning Team: $500
Best Oral Advocate: $250
Best Brief: $250

Other Awards

Second Place Team
Second Place Brief
Second Place Oral Advocate
Distinguished Brief
Distinguished Oral Advocate
Top 10 Oral Advocates in the Preliminary Rounds

Additionally, the winning brief will be published in the Whittier Journal of Child and Family Advocacy.

Hotel Accommodations for the Competition

For your convenience, we have reserved a block of rooms at the Costa Mesa Marriott. The Costa Mesa Marriott is located a mere 3 miles from Whittier’s campus (the site of all rounds of this year’s competition) and less than a mile from South Coast Plaza Mall and various eateries.

The rooms are available for the nights of February 4, 5, and 6 at the reduced rate of $112 per night for double occupancy. All rooms are suite-style with a bedroom and a pull-out couch in the living area. Please note that the vast majority of the rooms are king-rooms, meaning there is one king bed in the bedroom. We were, however, able to reserve a small number of rooms with 2 double beds in the bedroom. They will be available on a first-come, first served basis. Roll away beds may also be available (please call the hotel to inquire). We also negotiated a discounted parking rate of $10 per day and in-room wireless internet access is also included in the rate.

The block of rooms is under the name “Whittier Law School Room Block” — please reference that when calling to make your reservation. Please book soon as all reservations must be made by January 7, 2016 in order to take advantage of the discounted rate. *If the block is full when you attempt to make your reservations, please let us know so we can attempt to secure more rooms at the reduced rate*.

To reserve, please call the Marriott reservation line at 1-800-228-9290 and mention the “Whittier Law School Room Block.” Alternately, you may book online by clicking the link below.

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Also, the hotel advised us that due to the small number of double rooms at the hotel, only the king rooms are listed in the online inventory. Therefore, if you would like a double room (2 beds), please call 1-800-228-9290 to book, or if booked online, call to change the room to a double. You may also contact our event coordinator at the Costa Mesa Marriott, Quinn Stadshaug, at 714-444-8280 for assistance with booking.

The hotel offers complimentary shuttle service to and from Orange County/John Wayne Airport (please call the hotel in advance to reserve your shuttle transportation).

Finally, we have arranged for a shuttle between the hotel and the law school each day of the competition. Please let us know if you’d like to use the shuttle to get to and from the competition so we can make sure we have enough room for everyone.

If there is anything else we can do to assist you in your travel plans, please let us know. We look forward to seeing you in February!

Awards Banquet

Information coming soon.

Past Winning Briefs