The Holderness 1L Moot Court Competition is divided into two distinct parts: (1) the brief writing portion; and (2) the oral argument/practical skills portion.
First, all competitors will be required to write and submit a brief. To access the materials containing the relevant law and brief-writing instructions, you must download the packet. The packet will be available for download at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 3. Follow the instructions in the packet for directions on writing your brief. Your brief will be due at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 7. Submit your brief by uploading it to this site. Please note that competitors are not allowed to miss any law school classes in order to work on their briefs during the week and that any unexcused absence from class that week will result in disqualification from further participation in the Tryouts. The brief-writing problem is relatively short, all research materials are given to you online, and the enterprise is designed to be extremely "do-able" within the allotted dates factoring in the time you will be, and should be, devoting to class assignments.
Second, competitors interested in an appellate advocacy team will need to present oral arguments. This process will be done through a bracket-style, single-elimination tournament taking place from March 28 - March 31. For competitors interested in the Client Counseling and/or Negotiations teams, the oral/practical skills portion consists of one round of mock negotiations and/or one round of mock client counseling sessions. You may try out for just the appellate advocacy teams, just the client counseling and/or negotiations teams, or all types.
Competitors who ONLY wish to tryout for the Client Counseling and/or Negotiations teams will not need to present oral arguments, but must participate in the client counseling and/or negotiations practical skills portion.