Each year, close to 25 students represent STL overseas at international moot court competitions. The competitions provide intense training in legal writing and oral advocacy, helping to augment skills already acquired in our Transnational Legal Practice program. Faculty coaches work closely with each moot court team to guide learning while the law school provides financial support for travel. Students are placed on teams at the beginning of each academic year through a highly selective tryout process involving personal statements, an oral evaluation involving a hypothetical case, and a thorough review of grades.
STL’s moot court program has garnered acclaim as students achieve successful results. For the second year in a row, STL Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court team bested 32 other Chinese schools to win the championship of the 12th annual CIETAC Cup in Beijing. Many students have also been recognized individually with awards for outstanding performance, including accolades for Best Oralists and Best Briefs.
STL currently sponsors teams to attend the following competitions:
- ELSA WTO Moot Court (Geneva)
- International Criminal Court Moot Competition (Hague)
- Jessup International Law Moot Court (Washington, D.C.)
- Law Without Walls (Miami)
- Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Moot Court (Hong Kong)
- Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court (Vienna)
“First in Beijing, then after advancing to Washington D.C., the Jessup International Law Moot Court was one of the most rewarding experiences for me and my teammates at STL. We competed alongside top peer Chinese law school teams and also met students from around the world. While analyzing the complex international issues in our Jessup problem, we came to appreciate how well STL’s transnational curriculum and practical training prepared us in the competition.”
Zhou Yu, ’14, Jessup Competition 2012-13; Team Awards Earned During China Round: Champion, Best Applicant Memorial, Best Respondent Memorial; Individual Award: Best Oralist Speakers.
“I met lots of talented young students and had a taste of what real arbitration proceeding is like during the CIETAC Cup. This is an invaluable and memorable experience for me. Through CIETAC Cup, I also realize how far I’ve come since I entered into STL. The training here is extremely helpful.”
Guo Yufei, ’17, CIETAC Cup Competition 2014; Team Awards Earned During China Round: Champion; Individual Award: Best Claimant Oralist Speakers.
“I am so glad that I have had the privilege to participate in the CIETAC Cup as a member of the STL Vis Team. The CIETAC Cup is a fascinating event where law students have the access to the real world of legal practice. What excites me more is that we managed to defend the championship for STL. The STL community has provided enormous support in all aspects, without which we would not be able to make our path to the final.”
Wang Biyu, ’17, CIETAC Cup Competition 2014; Team Awards Earned During China Round: Champion; Individual Award: Best Respondent Oralist Speakers.