National Moot Court Team Interest Meeting Friday at Noon

ATTENTION 1Ls and 2Ls: There will be an interest meeting for those interested in competing on the National Moot Court team in the fall this Friday at noon. Location: Room 326

The National Moot Court Competition is one of the two largest moot court competitions in the country.  Roughly 200 teams compete. The National problem arrives in mid-September.  The team must write the brief with no assistance.  The brief is due in mid-October. The regional competition is in mid-November.  The top two teams in the region advance to the National Finals, which are held in New York City in late January.

TEAM MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE TWO HOURS OF COURSE CREDIT.

Students interested in trying out must submit the following to Professor Kritchevsky by noon on Wednesday, April 11: 1) a writing sample (preferably persuasive writing), 2) a one or two page statement explaining your qualifications and reasons for wishing to be a member of a team, and 3) a resume.  TRY-OUTS WILL BE HELD THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, APRIL 12 and 13 but may continue over the weekend or into the next week if necessary.

TRY-OUTS: The try-outs consist of an argument and an interview.  Applicants may argue any issue they wish (most give the argument they gave in the last in-school competition).  Applicants should be prepared for questions; the judging panel will stop the argument after approximately ten minutes.  The interview will follow the argument.

Numerous factors go into selecting a team.  The writing sample is very important because the brief is a crucial part of the competition.  The interview, argument, and statement of interest are also important.  Other relevant factors include prior work and writing experience, experience as a member of a team, and success in law school and previous competitions.  We are seeking a well-balanced team and hope to select individuals with different strengths and backgrounds.

Membership on the team is a substantial time commitment, but many people have successfully competed and been members of law review and the moot court board.

 

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