The application components for the Vis Moot Court team are available here and here (please download both parts).

Schedule & Deadlines

  • Thursday, 9/15 at 6:30pm in JG103: Vis Information Session
  • Friday, 9/16 at 12:10pm in JG104: International Law Moot Courts Panel
  • Sunday, 9/18 at 8:00pm: Written applications due
  • Tuesday-Tuesday, 9/20-27: Oral tryouts
  • Wednesday, 10/5: Offers extended

What We Do

We represent Columbia Law School at the annual Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, one of the most prestigious law school moot court competitions in the world and dubbed the “Olympics” of international commercial arbitration. The competition attracts about 300 law schools from around the world.

The Vis Moot is based on a hypothetical private contractual dispute in international trade. It involves the submission of two written memos and an oral competition held in March or April in Vienna, Austria. Columbia Law School has a long tradition of sending a team to Vienna and is one of only four schools to have competed every year since the Moot’s founding.

The preparation for the written memos begins in the fall. In spring, the team participates in a number of pre-moots held at law schools and law firms in New York and Washington, D.C.. In the past, the Columbia team has also entered pre-moots held in European cities such as Paris, Dusseldorf, Budapest, and The Hague.

Columbia has consistently performed well at the Vis Moot, winning the inaugural moot in 1994 and the award for best Claimant Memorandum in 2006. Over the years, team members have consistently taken home speaking and brief awards from the Vienna competition.

The Columbia Vis team’s participation is made possible through the generous support of the Dean’s Office, Student Services, Professors George Bermann and Alejandro Garro, and Columbia’s international network of alumni and former Vis Moot participants.

How to Join

1L students at Columbia Law School may apply to join the Vis team at the beginning of each school year. There are no course or language pre-requisites. The team will release applications in mid-September and will hold two to three days of tryouts soon afterwards. Participation in Vis satisfies the moot court component of the Legal Practice Workshop. The Vis team expects 1Ls to stay on as competitors and coaches during the 2L year.

Contact Information

For any further information, please email or contact one of the coaches: