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.
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, the judges score each competitor using the official TMMCC rubric. Overall, each round lasts no more than 1.5 hours from.
The top three placing teams from each of the six regional conventions will be invited to compete at the National Convention, March 3-8th, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
For THIS YEAR ONLY, NBLSA will allow chapters that do not currently satisfy the competition eligibility requirements of Article IX Section B, Subsection 2 of the NBLSA Bylaws to submit a fee of $140 and corresponding request form for permission to compete in NBLSA's advocacy competitions if they satisfy all other eligibility requirements. Questions regarding this update should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In response to feedback that we received, new this year, the participants are able to pay the Competition Fee and Regional Convention Registration in one bundle payment.
Please select the appropriate region that corresponds with the location of your law school, as the Regional Registration fee will be different. The Regional Convention fee includes full registration for the team two (2) moot court competitors.
REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2019!!