Arlyn Miner First-Year Moot Court Program

The Arlyn Miner First-Year Moot Court Program is the culminating event of the Communication and Legal Reasoning course. All JD students spend the final semester of their first year writing and revising complex, multi-issue briefs, which they argue before a panel of alumni and faculty judges.

The Program is designed to introduce the basics of oral advocacy to all students and to provide them with a non-competitive learning experience, after which they can opt to pursue competitive moot court opportunities in their second and third years of school, such as Julius H. Miner Moot Court Competition and Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team.

The Program is generously supported by Judd and Linda Miner, in honor of Arlyn Miner, Judd's sister and daughter of Julius and Judith Miner. The Miners also sponsor the Arlyn Miner Book Awards, given annually to the student in each CLR section who demonstrates excellence in written advocacy.

2020 Arlyn Miner Moot Court

PLEASE NOTE: At this time we have decided to cancel this year's event due to the situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19).


If you would like to serve as a judge for this year's Program, please register here. We will contact you regarding specific dates and to provide the rules and bench memoranda.   

For Illinois attorneys, 2-3 General Credits of CLE are available. (Exact amount depends on the number of judges on your panel.)

We will provide dinner before each night of scheduled arguments. The dinner will be held in Lowden Hall, located on the first floor of the Levy Mayer building. 

Information for Judges 

  • Directions to the Law School: The law school is located at 375 E. Chicago Avenue, at the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.
  • Parking Information: Complimentary parking is available in the Abbott Hall parking lot, which is located on Superior Street just before Lake Shore Drive. The parking lot is across the street from the Law School's Robert McCormick Hall, and will be accessible beginning at 5pm all nights of the court sessions.
  • Campus Map


For questions about the Program or about serving as an alumni judge, please contact Sonali Munshi.