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Blakely Advocacy Institute

Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship
Scoring Methodology:

Moot Court is about both written and oral advocacy and so the scoring methodology for the Championship is designed to incorporate not only team awards, but Best Brief and Best Speaker awards as well. The competitions are divided into four tiers and points are assigned both on the size of the competition and also its prestige. And because law and law school competitions are becoming more global, a new ranking system is being designed to recognize achievement in international competitions. As such, no international competition results will be included in the Moot Court rankings.

Tier 1: There are three competitions in this tier: the National Moot Court Competition, the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition, and the Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship. In this tier, schools can earn points at the regional competition level and the national competition level. Points are awarded for:
  Regional Level: Regional Champion (7 points), Regional Finalist (4 points).
  National Level: Champion (20 points), Finalist (16 points), Semi-finalist (10 points), Quarterfinalist (6 points), Best Speaker and Best Brief (9 points each)
  Note 1: Results from other competitions with the "regional/national" format are only awarded points at the national level. The national portion of these competitions is treated as Tier 2 for scoring purposes. (see also Note 3)
  Note 2: The Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition does not have a "national" winner. The competition progresses from regional rounds to international rounds. Under the scoring methodology, the Jessup regionals are treated individually as Tier 4 competitions.
Tier 2:

This tier consists of competitions with 40 or more teams. Points are awarded as follows: Champion (15 points), Finalist (12 points), Semi-finalist (8 points), Quarterfinalist (4 Points), Best Brief and Best Speaker (7 points each).

  Note 3: Any competition not listed in Tier 1 that has a regional component is treated as a Tier 2 competition for the purposes of the rankings. While regional points are not awarded for these competitions, the Tier 2 status recognizes the competitiveness of these competitions.
Tier 3 This tier consists of competitions with 25-39 teams. Points are awarded as follows: Champion (11 points), Finalist (8 points), Semi-finalist (4 points), Best Brief and Best Speaker (5 points each).
Tier
4
This tier consits for competitions with 24 or fewer teams. Points are awarded as follows: Champion (7 points, Finalist (4 points), Best Speaker and Best Brief (3 points each).

Additional Notes:

  • The 5-2 Rule: In order to qualify for the Championship, schools must have entered a minimum of 5 interscholastic competitions and earned points in at least two competitions.
  • Where a competition awards a Best Petitioners Brief and a Best Respondents Brief, the programs split the available points. The same applies when there is a tie for Best Brief or Best Speaker.
  • Where a competition awards a Best Speaker Award on the preliminary rounds and a separate Best Speaker Award for the final round, the points will be awarded to the Best Speaker in the Preliminary Rounds.
  • The ABA Arbitration competition is not on the list because its format is more like a trial. Conversely, the Vis International Arbitration Moot is on the list because its format is more like traditional moot court.