Andrews Kurth Moot Court National Championship
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, points are also awarded for international competitions that are in the moot court style. Negotiation and Mediation competitions are not included on the list.
There are four competitions in this tier: The National
Moot Court Competition, the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition,
the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and the 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:
Champion (20 points), Finalist (16 points), Semi-finalist (10 points), Quarterfinalist (6 points), Best Speaker and Best Brief (9 points each)
The winner of the Championship receives an automatic invitation
to return to the competition the next year to defend its title.
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 international rounds of the Jessup are treated as a Tier 2 competition.
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).
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.
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).
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).
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