Moot Court

The Roger Williams School of Law Moot Court Board is a student-run organization dedicated to developing and promoting exceptional appellate advocacy skills. 

Moot Court presents numerous opportunities for Board members to develop and hone their appellate advocacy skills. For instance, many Board members participate in national, interschool appellate advocacy competitions, which require appellate brief writing and oral argument.

Additionally, the Board strives to bring the world of appellate advocacy to its fellow law students. In the past, Moot Court has hosted guest speakers, lecture series, and sponsored visits to local courts to observe oral arguments. Also within the law school, the Board runs the newly-created 1L Moot Court Competition, which gives first year students the chance to develop their advocacy skills before participating in the official Moot Court Competition the following semester. The Board is consistently developing its outreach program to take advantage of the Law School’s close connection with the local appellate advocacy bar.

Most notably, Moot Court organizes and administers the annual Esther Clark Moot Court Competition. This prestigious Competition is the means by which prospective Board members are chosen. Second-year students enter the competition by completing an appellate brief on a legal issue designed by the Moot Court Board, and then compete against one another in a series of oral arguments. The final students argue at the Rhode Island Supreme Court, before the Court itself.

Questions about Moot Court? Drop a note to mootcourt@rwu.edu.

2018-2019 Executive Board

PresidentKelsey Peck
Vice PresidentRyan Ing
Director of Communications & RecordsCaitlin Isherwood
Chair of External Competitions &
Finance and Development
Emily Heisler
Chair of the Esther Clark Competition Allison Regan
General 3L Members
  • Michaela Bland
  • Ryan Cummins
  • Stephanie Diorio
  • Ryan Gallagher*
  • Jeanette Garcia
  • Katherine Landis
  • Dylan Marshall
  • Katherine Morin
  • Samantha Regan
  • Alexander Reid
  • Brenna Riley*
General 2L Members
  • Angelica Bovis
  • Leah Boisclair
  • Zachary Carlson
  • Jared Chance
  • Meredith Cockman
  • Flavio DaCosta
  • Caitlyn Forrester-Johns
  • Garrett Gee
  • Brendan Goff
  • Caitlyn Horbert
  • Andrew Howayeck
  • John Iannone
  • Megan Kittler
  • Rachel Levithan
  • Crystal Peralta
  • James Scacco
  • Emily Tomczyk
  • Luis Vargas

 

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Course Types

We have classified RWU Law classes under the following headers. One of the following course types will be attached to each course which will allow students to narrow down their search while looking for classes.

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Students in the first and second year are required to take classes covering the following aspects of the law—contracts, torts, property, criminal law, civil procedure, and constitutional law, evidence, and professional responsibility.  Along with these aspects, the core curriculum will develop legal reasoning skills.

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After finishing the core curriculum the remaining coursework toward the degree is completed through upper level elective courses.  Students can choose courses that peak their interests or courses that go along with the track they are following.

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Inhouse Clinics and Clinical Externships legal education is law school training in which students participate in client representation under the supervision of a practicing attorney or law professor.  RWU Law's Clinical Programs offer unique and effective learning opportunities and the opportunity for practical experience while still in law school.