2023 Competition Information

PARTICIPATION:
Each ABA-approved law school may register up to two teams consisting of two JD students each. All competitors and coaches attending the competition must certify that they are fully vaccinated and boosted (if applicable) and be willing to be masked when not presenting oral argument (if required).

COST:
The registration fee is $500 per team (limit two teams per school). The fee is nonrefundable once paid to encourage participation.

AWARDS:
Recognition is given to the Championship Team, Best Oral Advocate, Best Petitioner’s Brief, and Best Respondent’s Brief.

KEY DATES:

Registration Opens

  • July 5, 2023 (out of respect for veterans, we begin registration shortly after the 4th of July each year)

Registration Form Deadline

  • Sunday, September 10, 2023

Registration Fee Deadline

  • Monday, September 11, 2023

Problem Release

  • Friday, September 15, 2023 

Deadline to Submit Requests for Clarifications

  • Friday, September 29, 2023 

Responses to Requests for Clarifications Provided

  • October 2-6, 2023 

Brief Due (only one brief is required per team; side is assigned randomly)

  • Sunday, October 15, 2023

Preliminary & Quarterfinal Rounds at The George Washington University Law School

  • Saturday, November 4, 2023

Semifinal and Final Rounds at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

  • Sunday, November 5, 2023 

Veterans Day

  • Saturday, November 11, 2023 (celebrated Friday, November 10, 2023)

ORAL SCORE SHEET: