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, LAWR II 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, you will be given an intent-to-compete form during the moot court informational meeting on Tuesday, September 11th. When you complete and hand in this form, it will serve 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. Note that if you are a second year day student taking LAWR II in the Spring, you will not be eligible for the Fall competition. You are encouraged, however, to compete in the Spring.

Fall Competition Schedule:

  • Friday, September 6
    • Intent to Compete Forms Due at Moot Court Board Office by 12:00pm
    • Must be submitted in order to compete
  • Saturday, September 7:
    • Problem will be posted to Moot Court Fall Competition Blackboard Page at 9:00am
  • Tuesday, September 17:
    • Optional Brief Writing Seminar at 4:30pm in Room 309
  • Monday, September 23:
    • Appellate Briefs from ALL competitors due by 7:00 p.m
  • October 4, 5, 6:
    • First Round Oral Arguments in Room 202
  • October 12, 13:
    • Second Round Oral Arguments in Room 202
  • Wednesday, October 16:
    • Final Round of Oral Arguments in the Ceremonial Moot Courtroom at 12:00pm

Questions about the Competition or Moot Court in General?

Feel free to contact...

Moot Court President Patrick Brown at

patrick.brown @ umaryland.edu
OR

Fall Competition Chairpersons Evonne Opoku and Mollie Rosenzweig at 

fallcompetition2013@ gmail.com

If you cannot make to the mandatory meeting, please contact Evonne Opoku and Mollie Rosenzweig immediately.

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


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