Moot Court

The Space Law Society represents the law school and the university in space law moot court competitions. These competitions are held by the International Air and Space Law Academy and the International Institute for Space Law. Competing in space law moot court competitions provides students an opportunity to not only represent Notre Dame, but to also develop the speaking, writing, and argument skills necessary in the space law/policy environment. It also gives students an opportunity to network and explore space law in a practical and/or courtroom setting.

2017-2018 Team

Moot Court Faculty Advisor: Professor Jeffrey Pojanowski

Moot Court Director: Bill Green’19

2017-2018 Manfred Lachs Team Members:

  • Dominic Panekal’18
  • Martha Astor’19
  • Timothy Young’19

Joining the Team

If you are interested in joining next year’s team, you can print out the Moot Court Application¬†and turn it into our Moot Court Director. You can also email us with any questions at spacelaw@nd.edu.

All 2L and 3L law students are welcome to apply to join the Space Law Society’s Moot Court teams, regardless of membership in the Notre Dame Space Law Society. Selections are made by the Moot Court Director, with input from the President and the Faculty Advisor, and are subject to approval by the Director of Student Services. Team members are selected based in order of the following criteria:

  1. Whether they have taken or are taking one of the required classes (Intensive Trial Advocacy, Comprehensive Trial Advocacy, Appellate Advocacy, Moot Court-Trial, and Moot Court-International),
  2. The comparative strength of their application,
  3. and their class year, with preference given to 3Ls.
    are eligible to join the Space Law Society’s moot court teams regardless of membership in the Society.

Selection of team members is generally made in the late Fall. The competition case is usually released in December or January. The deadline for submission of memorials or briefs is usually in early-March. The regional competition usually occurs in late-March in Washington, D.C. If the team qualifies for World Finals, the brief submission and competition process will extend into the Summer and Fall.