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Appellate Competition

The Appellate Competition, administered by the Moot Court Board, takes place in the fall semester and is open to all second-year and third-year students. Registration usually takes place during the first and second weeks of classes. The final round is typically in mid November.

Competition Requirements

Participating students compete as individuals and are required to complete a written brief, usually due in mid to late September. Oral argument rounds are similar to the appellate oral argument rounds that first-year students complete in Legal Analysis & Writing. To earn one academic credit, participating students must attend a one-hour lecture on appellate advocacy, achieve a passing score on the written brief, and complete one oral argument round in good faith. 

Information regarding registration is publicized early in the fall semester. Each year's competition has a webcourse page, and once registered, competitors should consult it for rules, schedules, etc.

For the Winners...

The two finalists win the Appellate Competition Award and a monetary prize. The winner of the competition, if a second-year student, qualifies automatically to represent the school in the National Moot Court Competition during the subsequent year as a third-year student.