Team Tryouts Information
All students interested in participating on one of the Law Center’s moot court (appellate advocacy), trial advocacy, or alternative dispute resolution/transactional external competition teams must participate in the tryouts process. Each of these three areas (appellate, trial, and ADR) have their own tryouts process. Students should carefully review the list of all available teams and familiarize themselves with each tryouts process.
Jump to each of the tryout sections using the links below:
- Moot Court (Appellate Advocacy) Tryouts Information
- Trial Advocacy Tryouts Information
- Alternative Dispute Resolution & Transactional Tryouts Information
Tryouts for moot court (appellate) teams will be held on Sept. 10 & 11, 2018. The tryouts require all participants (2L and 3L) to present two seven-minute oral arguments to panels of Moot Court coaches and returning team members. Oral arguments will utilize this year’s Tullis Competition problem. Participants may elect which of the two issues they will present their oral argument on. Students must also submit a writing sample with their tryout application, as set forth below:
- 2Ls: Second-year students planning to try out for a moot court external team must participate in this year’s Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition. 2Ls must submit the Argument section of their Tullis brief for the issue they write on as their Tullis writing sample.
- 3Ls: Third-year students planning to try out for a moot court external team may submit either the Argument section on their issue from last year’s Tullis problem or a legal writing sample of no more than 10 pages. 3Ls trying out for a moot court external team are not required to have participated in last year’s Tullis Competition.
Registration for tryouts for 2018-2019 moot court external teams has closed.
The Law Center plans to field teams to the following moot court (appellate advocacy) competitions in 2018-2019
- ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (Moran-Thrash ABA NAAC Team)
- Domenick Gabrielli National Family Law Moot Court Competition
- Frank A. Schreck National Gaming Law Moot Court Competition
- John R. Brown National Admiralty Law Moot Court Competition
- Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition
- National Energy & Sustainability Moot Court Competition
- National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition
- National Moot Court Competition (Tom Fore Phillips National Moot Court Team)
- National Tax Moot Court Competition (Stutes-Kalinka Tax Team)
- National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition
- Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
- Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Competition
Trial Advocacy external team tryouts will be held Aug. 21 and 23, 2018, in the Robinson Courtroom. All interested students, both new and returning members, must go through the tryouts process. Participation in the Opening Statement and/or Flory Trial competitions is not required to try out for a trial advocacy team. All students trying out will be asked to perform certain portions of a criminal trial in front of Professor Brooks, Advocacy Fellow Annie Scardulla, and a panel of Board of Advocates members, using the fall semester’s Flory Trial Competition problem.
Students trying out should prepare to present based on their class standing and trial team experience, as follows:
- 2L students will be required to perform a 7-minute opening statement. (Students may choose which side they wish to represent.) All 2Ls will try out on Thursday, August 23, 2018.
- 3L students will be required to perform both a 5-minute closing argument and a 5-minute cross-examination of an assigned witness. (Students may choose which side they wish to represent. Students who choose to represent the prosecution should plan to cross-examine Conrad Grayson. Students who choose to represent the defense should plan to cross-examine Frankie Stevens.) All 3Ls will try out on Tuesday, August 21, 2018. The Board of Advocates will provide all witnesses.
- (3Ls must try out for a trial team even if they were on one or more trial teams last year.)
Registration for tryouts for 2018-2019 trial advocacy external teams has closed.
The Law Center plans to field teams to the following trial advocacy competitions in 2018-2019.
- ABA Arbitration Competition
- ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law – Student Trial Advocacy Competition
- American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition
- Bernie L. Segal Criminal Mock Trial Competition: In Vino Veritas
- John C. Costello Criminal Law Trial Advocacy Competition
- Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Trial Competition
- NBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
- National Medical-Legal Trial Competition
- Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition
- Queens County District Attorney Mock Trial Competition
- TYLA National Trial Competition
Tryouts for ADR and transactional teams will be held via an electronic submissions process. All interested applicants will be required to submit three documents: (1) a legal writing sample of no more than ten pages (this writing sample must be the student’s original work product, and must not have been the subject of editing by an attorney or professor), (2) a brief statement of interest in ADR/transactional practice, and (3) a clear photo of their state-issued ID card (driver’s license, etc.). Students will then be scheduled to interview with Ms. Scardulla and Professor Brooks; interviews will be held on Friday, September 21, 2018.
To register to try out for one of our ADR or transactional teams, please email the above-listed items to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than September 18, 2018 at 11:59 pm.
The Law Center plans to field teams to the following ADR competitions in 2018-2019.
- ABA Client Counseling Competition
- ABA Negotiation Competition
- Energy Law Negotiation Competition
- National Basketball Negotiation Competition
- Transactional Competition, hosted by Duke Law School (tentative, further information forthcoming in September 2018)