2017 NATIONAL MOOT COURT TEAM

RISING SECOND AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS ARE INVITED TO TRY OUT FOR THE 2017 NATIONAL MOOT COURT TEAM

TEAM MEMBERS WILL RECEIVE TWO HOURS OF COURSE CREDIT.

The problem generally arrives in mid-September. The team must write the brief with no assistance. The brief is generally due in mid-October. The 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 early February. The team is coached by Professor Barbara Kritchevsky, Director of Advocacy.

Students interested in trying out must submit: (1) your resume; (2) a 1-2 page statement of interest; and (3) a writing sample to Chief Justice of the Moot Court Board, Kendra Lyons (kalyons1@memphis.edu). Your writing sample can be your best work from your Legal Methods course, or any other brief that you would like to submit. Application materials are due Monday, April 10th at noon.

Try-outs: The tryout consists 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 are likely 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 Moot Court Board.

There will be try-outs for spring travel teams in the fall.  Trying out for Nationals is likely to improve your chances for making a spring team.

Notable achievements of the National Team include:

  • 2015: Best Brief and Regional Quarterfinalists
  • 2016: Second Best Brief
  • 2012: Regional Finalist
  • 2010: Region VII Best Brief
  • 2008: Regional Finalist
  • 2006: National Second Place
  • 2006: Best Oral Advocate Final Round
  • 2005: Regional Finalist
  • 2001: Best Brief, Region VII
  • 1999, 1993: National Quarterfinalist

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