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Competition Rules

Background

The New York City Bar Association's National Moot Court Competition is an annual inter-law school event designed to promote the art of appellate advocacy. It is sponsored by the New York City Bar Association's National Moot Court Competition Committee ("Committee") and the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The Competition consists of Regional and National Final rounds. The United States is divided into 15 regions and Committee-designated sponsors grade briefs and conduct oral arguments for the law school teams located in each region. Two law schools from each regional competition may qualify for the National Finals.

These Rules govern the Competition. The Committee's interpretations of the Rules are final and its decisions are binding on all competitors. We note that this year's Rules contain several changes, including revisions to the procedures for brief grading, argument judging, and general administration of the National Final Rounds

All Rule interpretation requests should be sent to the City Bar (mootcourt@nycbar.org) and Travis Mock, Chair of the National Moot Court Competition Committee (travis.mock@sutherland.com). The comments accompanying certain rules describe general policies and practices and are for informational purposes only. The Appendix of Forms contains exemplars that are consistent with the Rules and may be used by the Committee and regional sponsors.

The Committee holds copyrights to all Competition materials. Express written permission is required to use them for any purpose other than participation in this Competition. Competitors grant the Committee nonexclusive worldwide rights to reproduce and distribute any materials submitted or recorded throughout the Competition. Learn all about the Moot Court rules below.

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