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 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 13. 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 17. 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, the oral/practical skills portion consists of one or more rounds of mock oral arguments or mock client counseling, negotiations, and arbitration sessions. This will take place during the week of March 18 - March 22. For competitors in appellate advocacy, there are two rounds of oral arguments followed by a bracket-style, single-elimination tournament. For competitiors in the skills competitions, there is only a single-elimination tournament. You may try out for just the appellate advocacy teams, just the client counseling, negotiations and/or arbitration teams, or all types.