The 2L Grimes Moot Court Competition traditionally has been viewed as the most prestigious of all BCLS intramural competitions. Held each spring, it is a valuable opportunity for second-year students to develop both written and oral appellate advocacy skills. Participation in the competition is a prerequisite to be considered for membership on third-year academic moot court teams. The problems involve issues of Constitutional or federal statutory interpretation. The subject matter of the competition alternates annually between civil and criminal law.
Students work in pairs to write a brief and prepare for oral argument. In January, the problem is released to participants, who submit 30-page appellate briefs by mid-February. All teams then participate in four rounds of oral argument, after which some move on to a series of elimination rounds. The competition culminates in a final round of two teams towards the end of spring semester. During oral argument, each team has 20 minutes to present its side of the issue. Teams must be prepared for any questions asked by the judge. Teams alternate arguing sides by the round.
Role of Attorney-Judges:
Judges preside over two rounds of argument in an evening, providing feedback to the teams, and ranking them on elements of their performances.
Evaluation Criteria:Briefs are evaluated on their style, presentation, form, and sophistication. Oral arguments are evaluated on knowledge of law, timing, flexibility, and poise.