College of Law National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition


This competition, hosted by the WVU College of Law Moot Court Board, highlights emerging trends in energy law as well as recent developments in sustainable energy production. The winners of the competition will receive scholarships in recognition of their superior appellate advocacy skills.

The competition is geared toward any law students desiring to work in the energy and sustainability law field. Competing in this event will test your skills and provide an invaluable opportunity to meet and interact with other law students interested in energy and sustainability as well as industry professionals and government regulators.

Our competition features the following

Outstanding Judges Last year’s bench in the final round included two U.S. Court of Appeals judges, two U.S. District Court judges, and an experienced Supreme Court practitioner. Earlier rounds are judged by experienced energy and environmental lawyers practicing in the region.

Geographic Diversity Our competition has grown from 6 teams in 2011 to 24 teams in 2014, featuring competitors from throughout the country. Past finalists include teams from Duquesne, Texas Tech, North Dakota, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU and Louisville. Other past participants include teams from Maryland, Houston, Colorado, Wyoming, Oklahoma, Utah, Pittsburgh, American, Catholic, and Pace.

Four Rounds of Preliminary Competition Our format guarantees that each team will participate in a minimum of four preliminary rounds before the field is narrowed to sixteen teams.

Problems Featuring Real World, Current Issues Our problem each year focuses on current issues facing the energy industry. Past problems have been based on energy and sustainability issues associated with the gulf oil spill; the nuclear incident at Fukushima Daiichi; shale gas development and the Clean Air Act; and the intersection of the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and common law nuisance claims associated with utility power plants.

Accessible Location Our mid-Atlantic location makes it relatively convenient for competitors from throughout the country. Morgantown is within a 500 mile radius of half of the nation’s population, and an easy 75-minute drive from Pittsburgh’s airport.

Prominent Energy & Sustainable Development Program The WVU College of Law features extensive course offerings in energy and sustainable development, including the nation’s first LL.M. in Energy & Sustainable Development Law. Our experienced faculty of energy, environmental and sustainability scholars produces the problem each year and actively participates in the competition.

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