Upper Class Competition

The George Mason University School of Law Moot Court Board is pleased to host:

THE 2014 UPPER CLASS MOOT COURT COMPETITION (UCC)

General Information: The Upper Class Competition (UCC) is an oral advocacy competition in which any student at GMUSL may participate. The problem argued is the same problem for which students prepare memoranda in support or in opposition for LRWA III – Appellate Writing, so most students who choose to compete do so as 2Ls (although enrollment in or completion of LRWA III Appellate Writing is not a prerequisite for participation in the UCC) . The judges for the competition, as with all three of the MCB competitions, are local practitioners and judges, including many GMUSL and MCB alumni.

Unlike the FYC, the UCC more closely resembles other Moot Court competitions. Students compete in teams of two with a problem presenting two questions for argument with a record that includes a trial court decision. Students also argue both sides of the problem during the competition.

NOTE: Students who wish to be considered for Fall Selection on the Moot Court Board MUST compete in the Upper Class Competition.

Date and Location: The preliminary and advancing rounds of the competition will take place at GMUSL on Saturday, November 8, 2014. The semifinal and final rounds will take place at the Fairfax Circuit Court, in Fairfax, VA on Friday, November 14, 2014.

Competitor Sign Up: The Competitor Sign-Up Sheet goes live on the “Appellate Advocacy Competitions – Moot Court” twen page on October 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The Competitor Sign-Up Sheet closes on November 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm.

Information Sessions:  Please join us at one of two UCC INFORMATION SESSIONS at Noon or 5:30 p.m. on October 21, 2014 in Room 121. We will discuss the UCC in further detail (including the competition format and scoring) and address any student questions.

2014 Upper Class Competition Timeline

October 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.: Competitor Sign-Up
October 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.: Mooting Session Sign-Up
November 1 – November 7: Mooting Practice Sessions
November 8: UCC Preliminary and Advancing Rounds
November 10 – November 13: Advancing Rounds Mooting Sessions
November 14: UCC Semi-Final and Final Rounds. Fairfax Circuit Court, Fairfax, VA