Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge

Innovative AMC3 Sends Undergrads Into Courtroom

The Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge (AMC3) is a groundbreaking program where Tennessee undergraduates argue appellate cases with their peers. Tennessee colleges prepare a brief and send legal teams of undergraduates to argue as petitioner and respondent about a legal problem. The Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court presides, assisted by Court-appointed magistrates in the preliminary round.

AMC3 arguments occur in Nashville concurrently with the General Assembly of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature(TISL).

A preliminary and an intermediate round will select finalists to compete for the championship. The Jury of View, comprised of professional lawyers, scores participants and determines finalists. On the morning of the fourth day (Sunday), the Supreme Court will deliver its decision and present awards to the best teams, lawyers and justices.

Our Partners

Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation

The Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge is a project of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature Foundation, a non-partisan 501(c)(3) educational corporation chartered by the State of Tennessee.

Tennessee Bar Association

Founded in 1881, the Tennessee Bar Association is dedicated to enhancing fellowship among members of the state's legal community, assisting in professional development and building a positive image for the profession through public relations activities.

Lincoln Memorial University
Duncan College of Law

Lincoln Memorial University's Duncan College of Law in Knoxville is located in a beautifully restored building that was built in the 1840s. It features state-of-the-art technology and high passage rates on the Tennessee bar exam.

Our Venues

Tennesse Capitol

The Old Supreme Court Chamber of the State Capitol is the primary courtroom for the Tennessee Intercollegiate Supreme Court and the primary venue for AMC3.

Tennesse Supreme Court

The Championship Appellate Hearings are typically in the chambers of the Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville.

Cordell Hull Building

AMC3 Preliminary Hearings occur on Thursday and Friday in the Cordell Hull Building, which is contiguous to the Capitol.

Our Advisors


Chief Justice Jeff Bivins

Justice Bivins was appointed to the Supreme Court by Gov. Bill Haslam in 2014. He was elevated from the Court of Criminal Appeals and before that served as a Circuit Court Judge in Williamson County. He is a TISL alumnus and serves on the TISL Board of Directors.

Judge Frank Clement Jr.

Judge Clement was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Gov. Phil Bredesen. He previously served as a state trial judge in Davidson County (Nashville). Judge Clement was the sixth Governor of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature. He earned his law degree at the Nashville School of Law.