Students who are eligible
2L and 3L students. First-year students may try out in the spring to participate in the fall of their second year.
Dates and timeline overview
Application Packets will come out the week of spring break.
The competition is held the first weekend in November at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.
Try out details
The application will require completion of an anonymous short 3-5 page writing assignment – closed research. Oral argument is not a component of the try out process.
Selection will be made one month after the writing assignment deadline.
What to expect
The problem comes out in early August. Students should expect to dedicate some time near the end of summer break to meet with their teammates and prepare a strategy. It is important to keep momentum and complete most of the research and analysis before classes start in the fall. Team members should expect to begin writing as soon as the semester starts. The written briefs are due at the end of September. Oral argument practice takes place throughout October with a dress rehearsal in early November. Students should be prepared to keep their evening schedules relatively free of conflicts. Oral arguments are three-to-four times weekly, usually on week nights. Competition is in early November at Southern Illinois University.