nly open to rising 2L and 3L students, the Fall Moot Court Competition simulates the steps involved in the appellate process. Students write a brief on a given problem over the summer break and then have an opportunity to present their argument to a panel of judges the first week of the Fall semester.
All competitors argue “on brief” the first night of the competition and then “off brief” the second night. Twelve 2L students move on to the Semi-Final rounds and then the top six 2Ls will advance to the Final Rounds to present their arguments before a panel made of current and former Missouri Supreme Court Justices in Jefferson City, Missouri. At the conclusion of the Final Rounds, the Justices will announce the Top 2L Oral Advocate and the Top 2L Appellate Brief. All 2L Finalists will become the University of Missouri’s Moot Court Team and be required to enroll in the Moot Court class with the Board of Advocates faculty advisor.
3Ls do not advance to the Semi-Finals or Finals. However, awards are presented for Top 3L Oral Advocate and Top 3L Appellate Brief.
Students participating in the Polsinelli Fall Moot Court will receive one credit hour graded as pass/fail. Students can participate in this competition in both their 2L and 3L year, earning them a total of two credit hours overall.
2015 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Competition Dates
Round One: August 24th 7pm
August 25th 7pm
Round Two: August 26th 7pm
Finals: September 2nd 7pm at the Missouri Supreme Court
2013 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court
The rules available below govern the 2013 competition.
The Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Directors use the scoring sheet below to grade the briefs.
The problem for the 2013 competition was released Monday, June 17th. Briefs will be due on Friday, July 26th.
Below is the problem for the 2013 competition.
Below is the general information for the 2013 competition
2012 Polsinelli Fall Moot Court
The rules available below governed the 2012 competition. The 2012 rules are intended for reference only and should not be relied upon by competitors in the 2013 competition.
The Polsinelli Fall Moot Court Directors used the scoring sheet below to grade the briefs in the 2012 competition. The 2012 scoring sheet is intended for reference only and should not be relied upon by competitors in the 2013 competition.
The problem available below was for the 2012 competition. The 2012 problem is intended for reference only and should not be relied upon by competitors in the 2013 competition.
The general information available below instructed competitors how to participate in the 2012 competition. The 2012 general information is intended for reference only and should not be relied upon by competitors in the 2013 competition.
Congratulations to the 2011 Fall Moot Court Semi-Finalists! Burke Bindbeutel Audrey Danner Chantal Fink Kevin Hoffmeyer Aaron Laplante Kevin Luebbering Joe Meyer Stan Musgrave D’Juan Neal Conor Neusel Jordan Paul Aaron Rowley