Team Tryouts Information
All students interested in participating on one of the Law Center’s moot court (appellate advocacy), trial advocacy, or dispute resolution/transactional external competition teams must participate in the tryouts process. Each of these three areas (appellate, trial, and dispute resolution) 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
- Dispute Resolution Tryouts Information
Tryouts for moot court (appellate) teams will be held on Sept. 10 & 11, 2019. 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 questions presented they wish to argue and which side they wish to represent. 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 (or those wishing to change teams) 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.
Students can register for moot court team tryouts by completing an online registration form. Registration for moot court team tryouts will close on September 5th at 11:59 pm.
The Law Center plans to field teams to the following moot court (appellate advocacy) competitions in 2019-2020:
- ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition (Moran-Thrash ABA NAAC Team)
- Federal Bar Association Thurgood Marshall Memorial Moot Court Competition
- Frank A. Schreck National Gaming Law Moot Court Competition
- Hunton Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship
- Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence 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)
- Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
- Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Competition
- Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition
Trial Advocacy external team tryouts will be held Aug. 27 and 28, 2019, 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 Wednesday, August 28, 2019.
- 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 prosecution will cross-examine Jonah Ryan; students who choose defense will cross-examine Lt. Egan.) All 3Ls will try out on Tuesday, August 27, 2019. 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 trial team tryouts closed on August 25, 2019 at noon.
The Law Center plans to field teams to the following trial advocacy competitions in 2019-2020:
- ABA Arbitration 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
- National Criminal Trial Advocacy Competition
- National Pretrial Competition
- Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition
- TYLA National Trial Competition
Tryouts for Dispute Resolution teams will be held September 19-20, 2019. Students will be asked to review a short negotiation hypothetical and prepare a pre-negotiation strategy that they will then discuss with Profs. Brooks and Scardulla in tryouts. (In this pre-negotiation discussion, students should be prepared to discuss (1) what are your client’s main interests and goals for this negotiation? and (2) what is your overall negotiation strategy and why?) Students will be sent the case file for tryouts via email after submitting a registration form.
To register for dispute resolution team tryouts, please complete an online registration form. Registration will close on September 16 at 11:59 pm.
The Law Center plans to field teams to the following dispute resolution competitions in 2019-2020:
- ABA Client Counseling Competition
- ABA Negotiation Competition
- Energy Law Negotiation Competition
- National Basketball Negotiation Competition
- National Sports Law Negotiation Competition