To Join

Overview

Thank you for your interest in joining the St. Thomas University School of Law Moot Court Board.  We are an appellate advocacy team participating in competitions nationwide regarding domestic issues.  Every member of the organization has an opportunity to compete. We are looking for strong oralists and writers that are dedicated and eager to win these competitions and Achieve Greatness.

Prerequisite

Appellate Advocacy Class – if you would like to tryout for Fall 2017, you must register to take Appellate Advocacy by the Summer 2017 semester.  If you would like to tryout for Spring 2018, you must register to take Appellate Advocacy by the Fall 2017 semester.

Tryouts

  • Topic: You will not be required to write a new brief.  You will submit a revised version of the brief you submitted for your Appellate Advocacy class.  However, you will be required to argue BOTH issues, ON and OFF brief (both petitioner and respondent sides), which is not required for Appellate Advocacy.
  • Scoring: Briefs and Oral Arguments are scored only by the Executive Board.  Each portion is worth 50%.
  • AGN: You will be assigned an anonymous grading number for both your brief and oral argument.

Competitions Available

University of San Diego School of Law National Criminal Procedure Tournament, Burton D. Wechsler First Amendment Competition, ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, Dean Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition, Robert Orseck Memorial Competition, and the John J. Gibbons National Criminal Procedure Competition.

Course Credits

A maximum of 4 credits are possible: 1 credit for the Class Component, 2 credits for serving as a competitor, and 1 credit for serving as a student coach.

Contact Us

Please contact our Vice-Presidents of Membership, Shannon McGee at SMcGee2@stu.edu and Natalia Pinzon-Martinez at to NPinzonMartinez@stu.edu, if you have any questions.  We hope to see you at tryouts!