Welcome to the CBA Moot Court Competition

For 40 years, the Moot Court Committee of the Young Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association ("CBA") has hosted an Annual Moot Court Competition. Participants from ABA-accredited law schools from around the country have the opportunity to hone their research, writing, and oral advocacy skills along with approximately 30 other teams. CBA members serve as volunteer brief graders and oral argument judges to give participants a real taste of courtroom practice.


Registration is now CLOSED.
If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email mootcourt@chicagobar.org.
If you are faculty member or law student from ABA-accredited law school that is interested in being added to our mailing list for the Competition, please contact mootcourt@chicagobar.org

Competition Information:

The Competition will be held IN PERSON in downtown Chicago.
If necessary due to a public health emergency resurgence, the Competition will shift to a virtual format on the same dates. The CBA will keep all participants apprised of any changes regarding the Competition format.

All Competition participants, including team members, coaches, and spectators, are subject to the Courthouse's COVID-19 practices*, including
- wearing masks at all times except when actively arguing
- maintaining social distance
-proof of COVID-19 Vaccination for all participants
*The Courthouse reserves the right to revise their COVID-19 practices and the CBA will keep all participants apprised of any changes. 

Important Dates:

Group A registration begins June 26, 2023
Group B registration begins July 5, 2023
Problem distributed to registered teams week of August 14, 2023*
Briefs due October 13, 2023*

*Dates subject to change

In-Person Oral Arguments are scheduled to take place as follows (times subject to change, depending on the Court's availability):
November 16 - Preliminary Rounds 1 (5:30pm) and 2 (7:30pm)
November 17 - Preliminary Round 3 (5:30pm), announcement of advancing teams, Octo-Finals (7:30pm)
November 18 - Quarter-Finals (9:00am), Semi-Finals (10:30am), Final Round  (12pm)


Team Documents:

2023 Competition Rules and Procedures  

Hotel Information:  

The following hotels are located in the vicinity of the Loop (note: no group rate provided)
- The Wit Hotel (DoubleTree by Hilton)
- The Allegro Royal Sonesta Hotel 
- The Kimpton Gray (an IHG Hotel)