Frequently Asked Questions
It is appropriate to wear a suit for the rounds. You may dress how you feel comfortable at other times; however, most people will be at least business-casual. Robes will be provied for judges in the moot court rounds.
Light snacks and beverages will be available Friday evening. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided for participants and judges Saturday and Sunday, with a banquet Saturday evening. All food and beverages provided will be vegan.
Friday Information Meetings
These meetings are important for participants and judges. Please make all efforts to arrive on time.
Guests & Observers
All rounds of the competition are open to observers and your guests. They may not sit in to observe your competitors. If they will be joining us for meals, the fee is $30 for the weekend, or $15 for the banquet only. Please email their names to Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org and send payment to NCAL by February 8, 2008. Tickets for guests will be distributed to competitors at the Friday evening meeting.
Campus maps are available on the travel page. Signs will also be posted on and around the buildings we will be using.
Parking passes and directions may be obtained through email@example.com.
Other teams briefs will be posted on the “participants” website linked through your team numbers.
Writing Briefs v. Oral Arguments
Judges will be provided a bench brief and will not be reading the briefs of each team. It will not matter which side you wrote the brief for during the oral rounds.
There are no written submissions for the Closing Argument Competition
Courtroom Protocal: Introductions
When you begin your oral rounds, the first person arguing for your team should introduce both team members, say who will be arguing which issues, and if appropriate, how much time you would like to reserve for rebuttal, and who will be rebutting.
Please introduce yourself to the jurors and inform them whether you will be arguing for the plaintiff or defendant.
Use of Briefs in Oral Arguments
You will write a brief only for Appellant or Respondent, but must argue both sides throughout the competition. Judges may or may not refer to your briefs during your rounds.
While time warnings are available for the 7, 3, and 1 minute marks, you may request fewer.
Closing Argument Visuals
We understand that traveling with visual aids is a bit tricky. There is a Kinko’s and a Staples nearby.
Interested in volunteering?
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.