Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA
 

News Release

March 03, 2010
Intramural Competitions Times Three

For the first time, all three of Southwestern's advocacy honors programs - Moot Court, Negotiation and Trial Advocacy - will hold intramural competitions immediately following completion of the two mandatory advocacy rounds of the Spring LAWS II course. The 2010 mandatory advocacy rounds will occur on the weekends of March 13-14 and March 20-21.

Each of the advocacy honors programs will hold their intramural competition beginning the week of March 22. All three competitions will conclude with a final awards banquet on Saturday, April 10. Students are eligible to compete in only one intramural competition. First-year students who wish to be considered for membership in any of these advocacy programs must complete the requirements of the LAWS II course, participate in an intramural competition, and be invited to interview with program board members.

"This year's intramural competition season will be particularly exciting as students get to demonstrate their skills in the three arenas of advocacy taught in our new LAWS three-track program. Faculty, staff and honors program members have been working overtime to coordinate all of the details for the different competitions," said Vice Dean Austen Parrish. "We are all looking forward to the final banquet."

Moot Court

The Moot Court Honors Program's intramural competition is open to all first-year day, evening, and PLEAS students who are enrolled in the Appellate Advocacy LAWS track and who have completed the requirements of the LAWS II course. Because the quality of the student's appellate brief is considered and scored as part of the Moot Court intramural competition, only students enrolled in the Appellate Advocacy track LAWS course may compete in the Moot Court intramural competition.

The Moot Court intramural competition will begin on Saturday, March 27, 2010, and will consist of five rounds of competition following the two mandatory advocacy rounds that all students participating in the Appellate Advocacy track must complete to earn credit for the LAWS II course:

  • Round 1: Saturday and Sunday, March 13-14, 2010
  • Round 2: Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, 2010
  • Round 3: Saturday, March 27, 2010
  • Octa Finals: Thursday, April 8, 2010 (top 16 advocates)
  • Quarter Finals: Thursday, April 8, 2010 (top 8 advocates)
  • Semi Finals: Saturday, April 10, 2010 (top 4 advocates)
  • Finals: Saturday, April 10, 2010 (top 2 advocates)

At the conclusion of the third round, the top 16 oral advocates are invited to compete in single elimination rounds. The 16 finalists are chosen on the basis of a combined score of points from the three oral rounds and the individual student's brief score. The oral scores are weighted 60 percent, and the brief score is weighted 40 percent. The briefs are scored by the Moot Court Honors Program Board of Governors. Beginning in the third round, each advocate must be prepared to argue either side (either appellant or respondent). Advocates will be seeded and paired at the beginning of every round.

This year, Round Three, and the Octa and Quarter Finals are expected to be held at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. The Semi-Final and Final rounds will be held at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Pasadena, California. Students will receive awards based on their performance in the intramural competition and on the quality of their appellate brief. The following students will receive awards based on their performance:

  • Top 32 oral advocates (the 16 finalists and 16 honorable mentions from the first three rounds)
  • Top 16 best brief writers


Negotiation

The Negotiation Honors Program's intramural competition is open to all students who will graduate after December 2010. First-year students must have completed the requirements of the LAWS II course. The Negotiation Honors Program's intramural competition is not based on the same case file as used in the LAWS II Negotiation track. The intramural competition will consist of five rounds of competition after the mandatory LAWS advocacy rounds have concluded :

  • Intramural Round One: Saturday, March 27, 2010
  • Octa Finals: Thursday, April 8, 2010 (top 16 teams)
  • Quarter Finals: Friday, April 9, 2010 (top 8 teams)
  • Semi Finals: Saturday, April 10, 2010 (top 4 teams, 8 advocates)
  • Finals: Saturday, April 10, 2010 (top 2 teams, 4 advocates)

In the first rounds of the intramural competition, advocates will negotiate as teams. At the conclusion of the first round, the top 16 teams (32 advocates) will be invited to compete in single elimination rounds. The top 16 teams are chosen on the basis of score totals from the first intramural round. Only first-year students will be selected to compete in the single elimination rounds. Students will receive awards based on their performance in the single elimination rounds. The following students will receive awards based on their performance:

  • Top 16 advocates (top 8 finalists, and 8 honorable mentions from the quarter-final round)
  • Top 8 best brief writers

Because a student's LAWS II brief is not a component of the Negotiation intramural competition, the LAWS faculty teaching the negotiation track (Professors Knolton and Walters) will select the top 8 best briefs - approximately two for each LAWS section.

Trial Advocacy

The Trial Advocacy Honors Program's (TAHP) intramural competition is open to all first-year day, evening, and PLEAS students who have completed the requirements of their LAWS II course. The TAHP intramural competition is not based on the same case file as used in the LAWS II trial practice track. After the LAWS II course requirements, the Trial Advocacy intramural competition will consist of five rounds of competition:

  • Intramural Round One: Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, March 26-28, 2010
  • Intramural Round Two: Wednesday and Thursday, April 7-8, 2010
  • Quarter Finals: Friday, April 9, 2010 (top 8 advocates)
  • Semi Finals: Saturday, April 10, 2010 (top 4 advocates)
  • Finals: Saturday, April 10, 2010 (top 2 advocates)

In the first round of the Trial Advocacy intramural competition, advocates will conduct a closing argument. The best advocates of the first round will be invited to compete In the second round, where they will conduct a direct examination and a closing argument. At the conclusion of the second round, the top eight advocates will be invited to compete in single elimination rounds. The eight finalists are chosen on the basis of a combined score of points from the first two intramural rounds.

Students will receive awards based on their performance in the single elimination rounds. The following students will receive awards based on their performance:

  • Top 16 advocates (top 8 finalists, and 8 honorable mentions from the two intramural rounds)
  • Top 6 best brief writers

Because a student's LAWS brief is not a component of the Trial Advocacy intramural competition, the LAWS faculty teaching the trial practice track (Professors Gharakhanian and Waisman) will select the top 6 best briefs - approximately two for each LAWS section.

For information on Honors Program Membership and Selection, click here.