Advocacy
Competitions

Thank you for your interest in participating in our 2021-2022 Advocacy Competitions! This page will serve as the central location for all competition updates!

Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition Overview

Each team will consist of two advocates per team. Teams will write briefs arguing on behalf of the petitioner and respondent. Regional and national competitions will simulate an appellate oral argument proceeding.

For each round, oral arguments for each side will consist of no more than 30 minutes, including rebuttal. Competitors are evaluated on their overall ability as an appellate advocate. After each side articulates their argument, and the judges score each competitor using the official TMMCC rubric. Overall, each round lasts no more than 1.5 hours.

The top three placing teams from each of the six regional conventions will be invited to compete at the National Convention taking place from March 16th to March 20th in Memphis, Tennessee.

Registration EXTENDED to November 28, 2021!

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Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competitor Documents

Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition Overview

Each team will consist of four advocates per team. Teams will offer opening statements, direct and cross-examinations of witnesses, and closing arguments. Witnesses are not scored in this competition. Regional and national competitions will simulate a civil trial proceeding. 

Advocates are evaluated on their overall courtroom presence, command of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, teamwork, and timeliness and accuracy of objections. All scoring will be calculated in accordance with the official CBMMTC rubric. Each trial lasts approximately 2.5 hours. 

The top three placing teams from each of the six regional conventions will be invited to compete at the National Convention taking place from March 16th to March 20th in Memphis, Tennessee.

Registration ends on December 1, 2021!

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Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial

 Competitor Documents