Moot Court Competition
Thank you for your interest in
2017 Chicago Bar Association
Moot Court Competition!
The Moot Court Competition is
now at capacity,
and we will not be accepting
further applications this year.
Dear Moot Court Society:
On behalf of the Moot Court Committee of the Young
Lawyers Section of The Chicago Bar Association ("CBA"), it is our
pleasure to invite your school to take part in the CBA Moot Court
Competition to be held November 16, 17 and 18, 2017.
Participants will have the opportunity to hone their
research, writing, and oral advocacy skills along with approximately 30
other teams. A special effort is made to recruit sitting judges from the
Chicago area to give contestants a real taste of courtroom practice. The
following encompasses some important details of the Competition, which
may assist you in your decision to participate:
Fee: There is a $200 fee for
each team entered in the Competition.
ABA-accredited law school may enter a maximum of 2 teams. Please note
that there is a separate and later registration date for a second team.
Registration of a second team is subject to availability. General
registration opens on May 15, 2017. Registration for a second team opens
on July 7, 2017.
Each team may consist of 2 or 3 students. Each student must be, at the
time the team is registered to compete in the Competition, a law student
pursuing a Juris Doctor degree. All team members must be students at the
same law school. No student may be a member of more than one team in the
Problem: Each school's faculty
representative will receive a copy of the problem and the rules of the
Competition no later than August 21, 2017 in order to give each team
ample time to research and prepare for the Competition.
Briefs: Participants will
prepare written briefs, which must be postmarked using a traceable means
by October 20, 2017. In addition, each team shall also
electronically submit 1 copy of its Measuring Brief to the Committee to
be posted for purposes of preparing for oral arguments. An electronic
copy of each Team’s brief will be posted on an electronic storage
site that can be accessed by all Teams.
Oral Arguments: Participants
will argue in two preliminary rounds (5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) of oral
argument on the evenings of November 16, 2017 and November 17, 2017. A
third preliminary round will take place with 16 teams advancing to the
Octo-Final round on November 18, 2017. Eight teams will advance to the
Quarter Final round at 9:00 a.m. and four teams will advance to the
Semi-Final round at 10:45 a.m. on November 18, 2017. The top two teams
will then advance to the Final round at 12:30 p.m. on November 18,
Katie Mitchell, Matthew Bunn, Annie Yonover, and Anisha
Mehta will serve as the Co-Chairs of the Moot Court Competition
Committee. Please feel free to direct any questions regarding the
Competition to firstname.lastname@example.org. For
the full 2017 Competition Rules, please click here.
We hope you will include the CBA Moot Court Competition
in your fall schedule. Please complete and submit the registration form
online. We are able to allow approximately 30 teams to participate in
the competition. All entries must be received on or before August 21,
We look forward to your participation!