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295.3J sec. 1 - McBaine Moot Court Competition (Spring 2014)

Instructor: William H. D. Fernholz  (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Units: 2
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 50036


The James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition is Boalt Hall’s venerable moot court competition and is open to all second- and third-year J.D. students. Cases chosen for the competition involve cutting-edge issues of great public importance. The Competition does not have a regular classroom component. Typically, the Board of Advocates arranges one or two non-mandatory lunchtime meetings to discuss the case and the relevant law. The student directors of the McBaine Competition and William Fernholz, the faculty director of appellate programs, will be available for individual meetings throughout the competition.

Judges, Boalt faculty, and appellate practitioners will evaluate the briefs and initial rounds of oral arguments. The preliminary, quarter, and semi-final rounds will take place on evenings in March and April. (Competitors with evening childcare responsibilities or other serious evening conflicts should contact William Fernholz with limitations; we will try to accommodate these conflicts.) Students will submit their briefs in late February or early March.

Students will advance to the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final based on their performance on the brief and in the preliminary rounds of oral argument, with the brief counting for at least half of the available points in the earlier rounds. Prizes are awarded for the best briefs and best oral argument.

Competitors receive 2 units for satisfactory participation in the competition. An introductory meeting will be held late in the Fall semester.

This course satisfies the Skills Requirement.

Exam Notes: T
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Advocacy Skills Courses

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