Jessup Competition

Over 500 teams from over 80 countries participate in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, making it the largest and most prestigious competition in the world. George Mason picks its best advocates to be our representatives at this competition.

In 2011, of the 139 U.S. teams that competed, George Mason was one of 11 U.S. teams to advance to the International Rounds of the competition.

What does being on the Jessup team involve?

  • Competing in the world’s largest moot court competition in Spring 2013.
  • Taking International Law in Fall 2012.
  • Submitting 2 briefs as a team in January 2013.
  • Doing it all over again the following year – this is a two-year commitment.

What skills and interests are we looking for in team members?

  • Interest in oral and written advocacy.
  • Interest in international law and world events.
  • Research and writing abilities.

What are the benefits of being on the Jessup team?

  • You will test your oral and written advocacy skills against the best law students in the world.
  • You will learn international law, the fastest-growing field of law.
  • You will participate in the best-recognized competition in D.C. and the legal world.
  • You will learn to advocate the way the best law firms advocate—with a team.
  • You will develop strong bonds with team members.
  • You will receive 2 graded credits each spring semester (4 graded credits total)

How does being on the Jessup team affect Moot Court Membership?
They complement one another, and in previous years, Jessup team members have consistently been on Moot Court. The extramural competition requirement that students must fulfill as Moot Court Board members is satisfied by doing the Jessup Competition.

Note, however, that the Jessup Team holds separate interviews, and has its own application and selection process. Students are free to try out for both the Jessup Team and Moot Court Board.

For more information about the Jessup Competition, go to www.ilsa.org. For specific questions about the George Mason Jessup Team, please email Andy Fiorillo at andyfiorillo@gmail.com or Megan Marinos at mpmarinos@gmail.com.