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2Ls and 1Ls - Moot Court Board Positions Available For 2014-2015

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April 18, 2014

2Ls and 1Ls--MOOT COURT BOARD POSITIONS AVAILABLE FOR 2014-2015

The Pitt Law Moot Court Board, a student organization advised by Professor Ben Bratman, is seeking applicants for membership on next year's board.
The board's primary function is to administer all aspects of the school's three internal competitions--the Appellate Competition (fall), the Murray S. Love Trial Competition (spring), and the Negotiations Competition (spring).
Board members may not compete in the Appellate Competition during their tenure on the Board, and may compete in the Murray S. Love competition or Negotiation Competition only under limited circumstances. (All board members are needed for administration of Appellate in the fall, and most board members are needed for administration of Murray Love and Negotiations.)

Beginning in 2014-2015, membership on the Board will no longer be a paid position. The School anticipates offering academic credits for board service beginning in 2014-2015, but that change has not yet formally been approved. Any credits would be categorized, as with journal service, as activity credits, and would hence be subject to the activity credit maximum of four.   

The school is continuing its effort to enhance the prestige associated with service on the board so that it comports as much as possible with the prestige associated with service on a journal. Accordingly, selection is partly based on merit. Applicants will be assessed in three categories: (1) moot court, mock trial, or similar experience (the experience does not have to be in law school); (2) leadership and organizational skills; and (3) academic performance and references. Consideration will be given to overall academic performance, with particular attention given to Legal Writing. Consideration will also be given to references from Legal Writing and other Law School professors.

Interested students should submit a short statement of interest, resume, list of grades (informal/unofficial is fine), name of Legal Writing professor, and the name of one additional reference to Caitlin O’Connell in Room 514 or by email to caitlinj@pitt.edu. Please also answer the following questions in your application:

  1. Do you wish to compete in the Murray S. Love Trial Competition and, if so, in spring 2015 or spring 2016?
  2. Do you wish to compete in the Negotiations Competition and, if so, in spring 2015 or spring 2016?
  3. Are you enrolled in or do you intend to enroll in the Civil Litigation Certificate program?

** PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATIONS NO LATER THAN MONDAY, MAY 12TH, AND PREFERABLY SOONER**

Should you have any questions about the board and the obligations of board members, please email Liz Jorge at meb156@pitt.edu.

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