2014 National Moot Court and Mock Trial Tryouts

2014 National Moot Court and Mock Trial Tryouts

National Moot Court and Mock Trial Team Tryouts 

Interested in representing UW on a national moot court or mock trial team? 


Tryout Dates:


Moot Court:  May 20th - 5:00-9:00 PM in Room 138; Additional day added! May 21st from 7:30-9:00 PM in room 138;

Mock Trial:  May 22nd - 5:00-9:00 PM in Room 133; Now open to 2Ls! (AAJ will consider 2Ls for up to two (2) of its four open spots.)


Tryout Details:


Tryouts will be held in 12 minute blocks.  Mock trial applicants must prepare and perform a 7-minute opening or closing statement.  Moot court applicants have 7 minutes to present an oral argument.  After the presentation/argument, current team members will then ask questions for 3-4 minutes.  Moot court teams applicants are required to submit a writing sample and resume.  Mock trial team applicants are required to submit a resume. If you are trying out for the Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition Team (NELMCC), you must also complete and submit the application for that team found here. Submit all application materials by emailing them as pdf attachments to nrulrich@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). You must sign up for tryouts and submit all materials by Tuesday, May 20th at noon. 


At the tryouts, please be prepared to indicate which team(s) you would prefer.  The PowerPoint from the info session as well as links to the signup sheets are below.  If you have questions about tryouts, look at the FAQs below. If you still have questions contact Nicholas Ulrich, VP of National Competitions at nrulrich@uw.edu. Questions about individual teams can be directed to current team members. 



Info Session PP:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0nobUiqyOJzcGYxVEp0UnJXTG8/edit?usp=sharing

Info Session Podcast: https://files.law.washington.edu/law/National_Team_Tryouts_Info_Session/Default.aspx

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, i.e. a suit.

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

A: Base your argument on the 2014 1L Appellate Competition problem. If you are a current 2L applying for the Pace Environmental Team, you can use the problem from the Falknor Competition.

Q: Do we have to argue the same issue we argued in the 1L Appellate 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 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 1L App Ad, or a memo that you have written for one of your law school classes. 

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

A: Please use the problem from the 2013 1L Mock Trial Competition. If you are a current 2L trying out for the AAJ team, please use the problem from the 2013 2L-3L Mock Trial Competition. 

Q: Do I need to be/get 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 Nick Ulrich, nrulrich@uw.edu. We may be able to accommodate you at a different day/time.