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:

  • Moot Court Panel/Meet and Greet
    • Tuesday, August 28, 2017 - 4-6 (Room 107)
  • Mandatory Information Sessions
    • Tuesday, September 5 at 12:00 pm (Room 107)
      OR
    • Wednesday, September 6, at 5:30 pm (Room 107)
  • Intent to Compete Forms Due 
    • Monday, September 11, 12:00pm (noon)
  • Competition Problem Posted
    • Friday, September 15, 12:00pm
  • Brief Writing Seminar 
    • Tuesday, September 19, 5:30pm (Room 108)
  • Appellate Briefs Due 
    • Monday, October 2, 9:00pm
  • First Round of Oral Arguments
    • Friday, October 13 - Sunday, October 15 (Time and location TBD)
  • Second Round of Oral Arguments 
    • Friday, October 12- Sunday, October 22 (time and location TBD)
  • Final Oral Arguments 
    • November 1, 2017 (Ceremonial Court Room)

Questions about the Competition?

If you have any questions please feel to e-mail the Fall Competition Co-Chairs at fallcompetition2017@gmail.com.

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


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