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. The students are then broken into groups and each person argues one of the positions. The students present their appellate oral argument 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 showcasing the two competitors with the highest cumulative scores. 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 Tuesday, September 2nd 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. The only other way to become a Member of the Moot Court Board is to compete during the Spring in the Myerowitz Competition. However, fewer spots on the Board are reserved for those who do exceptionally well during the Myerowitz Competition.

Fall Competition Schedule:

  • Tuesday, September 2
    • Mandatory meeting 12:00 - 1:00 in Room 460
      - or -
    • Mandatory meeting 8:00 - 9:00 pm in Room 107
    • All competitors must attend one mandatory meeting
  • Friday, September 5
    • Intent to Compete Forms online by 12:00 noon
    • Must be submitted in order to compete
  • Saturday, September 6:
    • Problem will be posted to Moot Court Fall Competition Blackboard Page at 9:00 am
  • Monday, September 15:
    • Optional Brief Writing Seminar at 4:30 - 5:30 pm in Room 473
  • Monday, September 22:
    • Appellate Briefs due by 6:00 pm
  • September 29 to October 5:
    • First Round Oral Arguments
  • October 10 to 12:
    • Second Round Oral Arguments
  • Wednesday, October 15:
    • Final Round of Oral Arguments in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom at 12:00 pm

Questions about the Competition or Moot Court in General?

Feel free to contact...

Moot Court President Michelle Dian at

michelle.dian @ umaryland.edu
OR

Fall Competition Chairpersons Stephanie Klock and Gabe Maldoff at 

fallcompetition2014 @ gmail.com

If you cannot make to the mandatory meeting, please contact Stephanie Klock and Gabe Maldoff immediately.

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


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