National First Amendment Moot Court Competition
24th Annual National Moot Court Competition — Feb. 20-21, 2014
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — the cornerstone of American democracy — is the focus of the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition. Recognized as one of the nation’s finest constitutional law competitions, this annual event features a current First Amendment controversy.
During the two-day competition, each team will participate in a minimum of four rounds, arguing a hypothetical case based on a current First Amendment issue before panels of accomplished jurists, legal scholars and attorneys.
Past participants in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition have represented law schools nationwide, from Brooklyn Law School to Duke University to Arizona State to Harvard. Judges include jurists from federal and state courts.
2014 competition information
- Intent to compete/registration form
- Invitation to compete
- Official rules
- Competition schedule
- Oral argument scoring guidelines
- Oral argument scoring sheet
- 2013: University of Georgia School of Law wins First Amendment Moot Court competition
The Moot Court Competition is Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20-21, 2014.
IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES:
Oct. 4, 2013: Deadline for postmarked Intent-to-Compete forms, $500 entry fee, Statement of Interest and Competitors’ résumés (if available).
Oct. 25: Teams are notified regarding competition status. Distribution of Problem and Rules to all registered teams.
Jan. 17, 2014: Briefs and Team Information Sheet due.
Jan. 20: Competitors’ briefs will be posted on the competition website.
Feb. 1: Team Travel Information Form must be postmarked no later than this date.
Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20-21, 2014: Dates of the 2014 National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.
The competition is open to 36 two-member teams (2nd- and 3rd-year students only) from fully ABA-accredited law schools. If the competition is oversubscribed, admission will be based on the quality of the team and the school’s commitment to the competition. To assist in making these determinations, please submit team-member résumés (if available) and any other information (e.g., team-selection process) that would suggest a serious commitment to a high level of performance in the competition. All application materials must be submitted by Oct. 4, 2013. Entrants will be notified by e-mail on Oct. 25 regarding their competition status. Fees will be refunded to teams not chosen for the competition.
$500. Payment information.
The competition consists of four preliminary rounds, quarterfinals, semifinals and the championship round. Awards will be given to the winning teams’ schools: winner, runner-up, semifinalists, best brief and best oralist.
The competition will take place on Vanderbilt University’s campus and at the First Amendment Center, also on the campus.
Travel & accommodations
The National First Amendment Moot Court Competition has procured a block of rooms for all competitors at the Embassy Suites, within walking distance of the Vanderbilt campus. For more information, call Embassy Suites at 615/320-8899 before Jan. 21, 2014. After that date, all reservation requests will be accepted on a space- and rate-available basis. Competitors must clearly identify that they are a part of the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition to receive a discounted room rate. See Embassy Suites hotel reservation information.
If you have further questions, contact the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board at 615/727-1600 or Gene Policinski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To be determined.
Past participants in the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition have represented law schools nationwide, from Brooklyn Law School to Duke University to Arizona State to Harvard. (See 2004 best brief.)
Panels of state and federal judges will hear semifinal and final-round arguments, while more than 200 attorneys, judges and law professors will serve as early-round judges.
Licensing of competition problems
The copyright for the National First Amendment Moot Court Competition problem is the property of the Vanderbilt University Law School Moot Court Board. Any unauthorized use of a competition hypothetical is prohibited by law. For licensing of the competition problems, please contact the Vanderbilt Moot Court Board or Gene Policinski at email@example.com.
The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”