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Moot Court

The Regional competitions consist of a maximum of 18 teams made up of two advocates per team. Teams will write briefs arguing on behalf of petitioner and respondent. Regional competitions will simulate an appellate oral argument proceeding. The National competition consists of 18 teams, the top three placing teams from each of our six regional conventions, and is designed to simulate an appellate proceeding. For each round, oral arguments are evaluated on the competitor's overall ability as an appellate advocate. Each team consists of the two advocates per side speaking for an allotted time of no more than 40 minutes, including rebuttal. After each side articulates their argument, the judges score each competitor using the official FDMCC rubric. Overall, each round lasts no more than two hours from start, to finish. The top three placing teams from each of the six regional conventions will be invited to compete at the National Convention.

 

You can register for the Moot Court Competition by clicking here . Access the TWEN homepage by searching "NBLSA Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition 2018" once signing in at https://lawschool.westlaw.com/twen/.

We are excited that you are interested in participating in our

NBLSA Advocacy Competitions for the 2019-2020 year! 

This page will serve as the central location for all updates. 

Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition Overview

The Regional competitions consist of a maximum of 18 teams made up of two advocates per team. Teams will write briefs arguing on behalf of the petitioner and respondent. Regional competitions will simulate an appellate oral argument proceeding. The National competition consists of 18 teams, the top three placing teams from each of our six regional conventions, and is designed to simulate an appellate proceeding. The top three placing teams from each of the six regional conventions will be invited to compete at the National Convention.

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Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition Overview

Regional competitions consist of a maximum of 18 teams. Rounds simulate a trial proceeding where each team, consisting of four members, offers opening statements, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, and closing arguments. 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. The National competition is likewise compromised of the top three placing teams from each of NBLSA's six regional competitions. 

Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition

 

Registration for the Nelson Mandela International Negotiations Competition ("NMINC") which is hosted at the NBLSA National Convention will open later in the fall semester.

 

The NMINC is the only competition that is exclusively offered at the National Convention. Teams consist of two students who work together to negotiate an international issue. The competition consists of five total rounds that are approximately one hour and thirty minutes each. Advocates will be evaluated on their negotiation skills, and command of the problem's subject matter.

We look forward to your participation! For questions, email ​internationalcompetition@nblsa.org​