Jessup International Moot Court

Use your global education to solve real world problems.

Lewis & Clark moot court students with the team from Cambodia


Lewis & Clark Law School is home to a competitive Jessup International Moot Court Team led by long-time coach Dagmar Butte, ’91. Students can participate in this moot court competition for credit. The school won the national competition in 2007 and is the permanent regional host for the competition as of 2009.

Hosted by the International Law Students Association (ILSA), Jessup is the world’s largest moot court competition, with participants from over 500 law schools in more than 80 countries. The Competition is a simulation of a fictional dispute between countries before the International Court of Justice. Teams prepare oral and written pleadings arguing both the applicant and respondent positions of the case.

Lewis & Clark’s Jessup Teams
The selection process for the Regional Team begins in the Fall Semester with the Jessup Moot Court course which serves as the intra-school competition. Interested students should contact Adjunct Professor and Jessup Coach Dagmar Butte via email at with any questions.

Pacific Regionals at Lewis & Clark
The U.S. component of the Jessup Moot Court consists of approximately 130-140 U.S. law schools competing in six Regional Competitions throughout the U.S. The winner and runner-up in each Regional advance to the International Rounds in Washington D.C. As we have since 2009, Lewis & Clark will once again serve as host of the Pacific Regional. We will be welcoming more than 20 law schools from throughout the Western United States to our campus for 3 days of exhilarating and exhausting competition and one very lovely awards ceremony.

Those who participate consider this competition a highlight of the mooting year and a great time is had by all. The Regional is a wonderful opportunity for alumni and Jessup supporters as well as members of the bar with a general interest in international law to participate as judges, meet students, connect or re-connect to the law school and earn free CLE credit. In addition, undergraduate, graduate and law students have an opportunity to learn more about public international law by serving as a bailiff. Any attorney interested in judging and any student interested in becoming involved as a bailiff should contact Dagmar Butte at

We could not do this without the incredible support of our volunteer judges, bailiffs and the school’s administration, faculty and staff and are very grateful to them for all they do.