Anonymous User wrote:
Mooter here. I've had a very different experience from you. (Also, how can any OCI interviewer ask about moot court aside from the very few schools who have it as 1Ls?) I was a finalist and brief award winner in my competition and in only one (of dozens) of interviews was I asked about the experience, and it was from someone who did moot court and just asked "Did you have fun/did you like it?" Nothing else. I don't know anyone whose moot court experience has helped them in employment, but that might just be my school.
Our school has an intra-school moot competition as 1Ls that gets you onto the main moot court team. So those that did well had a line on their resumes about it. Like I said before, pretty much every OCI employer asked for LR OR moot court. So it's hard to say that it does NOTHING when it was actually a pre-req for the interview. And yes, some of the moot court only people got callbacks.
And I'm sure everyone has different interview experiences. I was on some where it was hardly discussed (if at all) and I had others where there was extensive questions about the problem, the side I was on, how valid I thought the arguments were, etc... For those, I had to straight up go into "please the court" mode to answer. Gotta say those skills helped at least a little bit.
It also helped when one of the hiring partners I interviewed with was a former member of my school's moot court team.