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Tullis Moot Court Competition

Photo of the Tullis Competition winners' plaque at the LSU Law Center.

Named in honor of the late Dean Emeritus of the LSU Law Center, the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition has been a tradition of honor since 1936. Teams of second-year law students write an appellate brief in a hypothetical United States Supreme Court case and then argue the case to panels of attorneys and judges in an oral advocacy tournament. This tournament consists of two preliminary rounds, with the top 16 teams advancing to the elimination rounds. Those teams then compete in a one-loss elimination bracket until a champion is determined.

The two winners of the Tullis Competition have their names inscribed on the Tullis plaque, which is located outside the Law Center’s Robinson Courtroom. All four finalists receive automatic invitations to membership on the Board of Advocates in the following year. Awards are also given to the top oralists and best briefs, with the winners of the Best Brief and Best Oralist awards also receiving automatic invitations to membership on the Board of Advocates.

2021 Tullis Competition

2021 Competition Materials:

2021 Competition Dates:

  • Team Registration Period: August 16 through September 17, 2021
  • Tullis Brief Submission Deadline: Monday, September 20 by 11:59 pm
  • Preliminary Round 1: Monday, October 11 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Preliminary Round 2: Wednesday, October 13 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Octofinal Round (Round of Sixteen): Monday, October 18 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Quarterfinal Round: Monday, October 25 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Semifinal Round: Wednesday, October 27 between 6 and 10 pm
  • Final Round: Monday, November 1 at 6:00 pm in the LSU Law Center’s Robinson Courtroom