Fall Moot Court Competition

Each year, the Fall Competition is held early in the fall semester for second year day and third year evening students. The students are responsible for composing an appellate brief based on a hypothetical case. Then each student argues one of the positions before a panel of judges composed of Moot Court Board Members. In the Fall Competition, there are two rounds of oral arguments, followed by a Finale. The Finale showcases the two competitors with the highest cumulative scores who have the distinguished honor of arguing before a panel of practitioners and/or actual judges from various jurisdictions.  From the Fall Competition, up to 14 students are invited to join the Moot Court Board based on a composite of their first and second round oral scores and their written brief.

Who Can Compete?

2D and 3E students who have taken, or are in the process of taking, Written and Oral Advocacy can compete in the Fall Competition. If you are a 2D or 3E student, do not register for the Moot Court course offering to compete in the Fall Competition -- you will not be receiving credit for participating in the competition. Instead, after you attend the moot court informational meetings on you may complete the online intent-to-compete form. This complete form serves as notification to the Moot Court Board of your intent to compete in the Fall Competition.

Upon completion of the Fall Competition, up to 14 of the top students will be asked to join the Moot Court Board as member-elects. Those member-elects will be become full board member by participating in Myerowitz and achieving scores that place them in the top 2/3 of competitors.

Fall Competition Schedule:

  • Mandatory Information Sessions
    • Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – 12-1pm (Room 108)
      OR
      Thursday, August 25, 2016 – 5:30-6:30pm (Room 108)
    • Must attend one to compete
  • Intent to Compete Forms Due:
    • Friday, August 26, 2016 at 12:00 noon
    • Must be submitted on time to compete.
  • Competition Problem Posted:
    • Friday, September 2, 2016 at 12:00 noon
    • Will be posted on the Moot Court Blackboard page
  • Optional Brief Writing Seminar:
    • Wednesday, September 7, 2016 – 5:30-6:30pm (Room 108)
  • Appellate Briefs Due:
    • Monday, September 19, 2016 at 11:59pm
    • Two attempts at submission are allowed.
  • First Round of Oral Arguments:
    • September 30 - October 2, 2016
    • Time and Room: TBD
  • Second Round of Oral Arguments:
    • October 7 - October 9, 2016
    • Time and Room: TBD
  • Final Oral Arguments:
    • October 19, 2016 - 12-2pm (Ceremonial Court Room)

Questions about the Competition or Moot Court in General?

Feel free to contact...

Moot Court President Austin Strine at austin.strine@umaryland.edu

OR

Fall Competition Co-Chairperson Lauren Harrison at fallcompetition2016@gmail.com

If you cannot make to the mandatory meeting, please contact Lauren Harrison immediately.

We look forward to an exciting and successful competition, and hope to see everyone at the informational meetings.


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