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 Thursday, August 27, 2015 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:

  • Thursday, August 27, 2015
    • Mandatory information session 12:00 - 1:00 in Room 205
      - or -
    • Mandatory information session 5:45 pm – 6:30 p.m. in Room 107
    • All competitors must attend one mandatory meeting
  • Friday, August 28, 2015
    • Intent to Compete Forms online by 12:00 noon
    • Must be submitted in order to compete
  • Saturday, August 29, 2015:
    • Problem will be posted to Moot Court Fall Competition Blackboard Page at 12:00 noon
  • Wednesday, September 9, 2015:
    • Optional Brief Writing Seminar at 5:15 – 6:15 pm in Room 473
  • Wednesday, September 16, 2015:
    • Appellate Briefs due by 6:00 pm via Blackboard (2 attempts allowed)
  • September 25 to September 29, 2015:
    • First Round Oral Arguments
  • October 4, 2015:
    • Second Round Oral Arguments
  • Wednesday, October 14:
    • 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 Holly Leasure at hleasure@umaryland.edu

OR

Fall Competition Chairperson Sophia Jafrul at fallcompetition2015@gmail.com

If you cannot make to the mandatory meeting, please contact Sophia Jafrul immediately.

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


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