The Morris Brown Myerowitz Moot Court Competition consists of an appellate brief and oral argument. Participants receive a hypothetical case to research and defend. Each participant must write a complete appellate brief and present an oral argument before a panel of judges. The Myerowitz Competition is composed of four rounds of oral argument. Each participant argues one of the positions and if the participant advances to the next round, he/she will usually argue a different position than in the previous round. The briefs and oral argument scores carry various weights throughout the four rounds, and the scores determine which participants advance to the next round.
All Moot Court Board Members Elect that were selected from the Fall Competition must compete in the Myerowitz Competition in order to remain on the Board and receive credit. If a non-Moot Court Board Member places in the top 16 positions after oral argument, he/she is eligible to become a member on the Moot Court Board. All participants receive one credit for competing in the Myerowitz Competition provided that their brief and oral arguments demonstrate a reasonable effort and level of proficiency.
The final round of the competition is held in the Law School's Ceremonial Courtroom. A high point of the Law School's annual calendar, the finals are attended by past winners of the competition, other Law School alumni, and numerous members of the Maryland bench and bar, as well as students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Each year, distinguished members of the region's judiciary preside over the final arguments, naming a best oralist and runner-up best oralist. The name of the student who wrote the competition's best brief is also revealed at the finals.
The top three participants become the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law National Moot Court Team and represent the law school at the National Moot Court Competition held in New York. In addition, an award is given for the Best Written Brief. Please check out our list of past Myerowitz Competition winners and learn about last year's competition.
For details about this year's competition, please click here.