2015 Moot Court and Mock Trial Team Tryouts

You can listen to the Thursday, May 14th Information Session here. You can view the PowerPoint presentation here.

CORRECTION: For those of you who listen to the info session, invitations WILL NOT be announced on Friday, May 22nd. Instead, invitations WILL be announced on Friday, May 29th. I apologize for any confusion.


Are you a rising 2L or 3L who is interested in representing UW Law on a national or independent moot court or mock trial team? If so, sign up for tryouts!


Tryout Dates:

 

Moot Court: May 19th | 6:00–9:30 PM in Room 138; May 20th | 6:00–9:30 PM in Room 127.


Mock Trial: May 21st | 6:00–9:30 PM in Room 117.



Tryout Details:

 

Tryouts will be held in 10-minute blocks. Moot court applicants must be prepared to present a 7-minute minute oral argument. Mock trial applicants must be prepared to perform a complete 5-minute opening or closing statement. Any remaining time will be reserved for questions.



Participating Teams:


Moot Court Teams: Jessup International Moot Court Team (Jessup), National Moot Court Team (New York) Thomas Tang Moot Court Team (Tang), National Environmental Law Moot Court Team (Pace), Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team (Vis). 


Mock Trial Teams: AAJ Mock Trial Team (AAJ), TYLA Mock Trial Team (TYLA).



How To Sign Up:


To sign up for tryouts, please select a day and time by adding your name and email address to the following sign up sheets. Additional days for moot court tryouts will be made available once all slots are filled.


Moot Court: May 19th | 6:00–9:30 PM in Room 138; May 20th | 6:00–9:30 PM in Room 127

Mock Trial: May 21st | 6:00–9:30 PM in Room 117


Once you have selected a day and time, please email your application materials as a single PDF attachment to mchbnatl@uw.edu.
Include in the body of the email your full name, and whether you are applying for moot court or mock trial teams (or both).



Moot court applicants are required to submit a writing sample and resume.


Mock trial applicants are required to submit a resume.


         Do not include your GPA on your resume.

Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Team (NELMCC)
application.


You must sign up for tryouts and submit all materials by Tuesday May 19th at 12:00 PM.



Please show up 10 minutes prior to your scheduled tryout time and wait outside of the room until directed in. At the tryouts, please be prepared to indicate which team(s) you would prefer. If you have questions about tryouts, look at the FAQs below. If you still have questions, contact Tyler Lichter, VP National Competitions, mchbnatl@uw.edu. Questions about individual teams can be directed to current team members.


After the tryouts, team members may contact you for additional information or schedule a time to meet. No formal invitations will be made at this time.


How Will I Find Out If I Am Invited To Join A Team?:


If you are selected by a team, I will send you an email with a formal invitation sometime on Friday, May 29th. You will have until 5:00 PM to accept or reject the offer. If I have not received an email from you by 5:00 PM, I will offer your spot to another applicant.


Frequently Asked Questions


Q: What should I wear to the tryouts? 


A: You should wear would you would wear to a typical mock trial or moot court competition (professional attire).



Q: What problem do I use for the oral argument for the moot court tryouts?


A: Base your argument on the 2015 HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition problem. If you are a current 2L, you can use the problem from the Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition.



Q: Do we have to argue the same issue we argued in the HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition? 


A: No. You can argue either of the two issues. 



Q: Do we have to argue on the side we wrote the brief for? 


A: No. You can argue either on or off brief. 



Q: If we argue for the petitioner will we need a rebuttal? 


A: No. You will argue for 7 minutes on your issue and then be done.



Q: What can I use as a writing sample? 


A: You can use your portion of the brief for HCMP 1L Appellate Advocacy Competition, or a memo that you have written for one of your law school classes. 



Q: What problem do I use for the opening or closing statement for the mock trial tryouts? 


A: You are welcome to use whatever problem you would like when creating an opening or closing statement. If you are having trouble deciding what problem to use, consider the problem from the 2014 1L Mock Trial Competition or the 2014 PWRLK 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition. 



Q: Do I need to be on MCHB to get on any of the teams? 


A: No. National team member selection is completely independent of selection for MCHB. 



Q: What if I can't attend the tryouts because of an unavoidable conflict?


A: Contact Tyler Lichter, VP National Competitions, mchbnatl@uw.edu. We may be able to accommodate you at a different day/time.