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Moot Court Board Tryout Timeline

April 19, 2021

For students interested in competing in this year’s Moot Court Board try out, here is the timeline of this year’s competition:

First, students must request an anonymous ID by emailing The email must include their name, email, phone number, and rising class (AJDs are rising 3Ls). The deadline to retrieve the anonymous ID is May 21, 2021 at 5 p.m. 

After May 21, students will receive an email with their anonymous ID that will be used for the entirety of the tryouts. 

On May 28, the Moot Court Board will release the problem for this year’s competition. Materials for this year’s competition will include a fact pattern, a batch of sources, and a shell brief. The shell brief will include a cover page, the question(s) presented, and a statement of the facts. Competitors will only be required to write the summary of the argument and the argument sections. Like in year’s past, this year’s competition will be a CLOSED UNIVERSE. That is, the Moot Court Board will be providing the competitors with the legal materials that they will be relying on for the competition. The problem will be released on the “2021 Moot Court Internal Competition” TWEN page.

Shortly after the problem’s release, Veronica Finkelstein will host a presentation that is tailored to this year’s problem. She will give a brief overview of the relevant law, discuss brief writing tips, and provide advice on preparing for oral argument. Additional details regarding this presentation will be provided closer to the release date of this year’s problem.

Briefs will be due on June 28, 2021 at 5 p.m. Competitors will submit their briefs, using their anonymous ID, on the 2021 Moot Court Internal Competition TWEN page.

On July 1, 2021, competitors’ briefs will be posted. These briefs will be posted to help competitors prepare for oral argument.

On July 17-18, 2021, the preliminary round of oral arguments will be held on zoom. At the preliminary round, students perform oral argument twice, once “on-brief” and once “off brief.” That is, students will be expected to argue for the side for which they wrote the brief, and against it as well.

The quarterfinal, semifinal and final rounds of oral argument for the internal competition will occur once the school year has begun. 

Lastly, if you have any additional questions before the problem is released, please feel free to contact any member of the Executive Board, Olivia Szumski (, Danni Kitzinger (, Paul Macri ( However, if you have any questions after the problem is released, please direct those questions directly to Member Liaison, Aleks Tulacz ( To preserve anonymity, she will serve as the point of contact between competitors and the Executive Board.