295.3J sec. 001 - McBaine Moot Court Competition (Spring 2020)
Instructor: Scotia J. Hicks (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Due to COVID-19, law school classes were graded as credit/no pass in spring 2020.
Course End: April 24, 2020
Enroll Limit: 36
As of: 06/16 11:02 PM
The James Patterson McBaine Honors Moot Court Competition is Berkeley Law’s highly-esteemed, advanced-level appellate competition, open to 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s. A beloved Berkeley Law tradition, McBaine is as gratifying as it is intense.
Beyond a mere contest, McBaine is designed to both test and hone written and oral advocacy skills as participants independently prepare an appellate brief and deliver at least two oral arguments. The work is modeled after United States Supreme Court practice, and the cases selected for the competition involve cutting-edge issues of great public importance. Judges presiding over the final round of oral argument are typically among the most renowned jurists in the nation.
Students will receive the record ahead of Winter Break, submit their briefs in February, and deliver oral arguments in March. Judges, Berkeley Law faculty, and practitioners will evaluate both the briefs and the preliminary oral arguments. Students will advance to the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and the final round 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 oral argument and for the best brief for Petitioner and Respondent, respectively.
While McBaine is a strictly independent effort and does not have a traditional classroom component, the Board of Advocates does arrange one or two lunchtime meetings to introduce the case, highlight the relevant law, and provide guidance on how to prepare for oral argument. The competition’s Student Directors, along with McBaine’s Academic Director Scotia Hicks, also will be available for individual meetings throughout the competition for general support and feedback.
Each student will receive 2 units for satisfactory participation in the competition, regardless of their final score or rank.
NOTE: At this time, McBaine can accommodate 36 students, with spaces allotted for students in both the J.D. and the LL.M. program. Interested students please complete the application at this link McBaine Registration Request form online. We will begin reviewing applications and admitting students on a rolling basis beginning November 11th. Applications submitted by that deadline will be considered first. After that date, applications will be reviewed based on availability.
This course is subject to the 3-unit maximum for competition work, as well as the 15-unit maximum for non-law/non-classroom work, pursuant to Academic Rule 3.1(b)(2) and Rule 5. https://www.law.berkeley.edu/academics/registrar/academic-rules/.
Participation is limited to 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s in the Traditional and Thesis tracks.
Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
This is a credit only course
Course Category: Simulation Courses
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