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295.3J sec. 001 - McBaine Honors Competition (Spring 2021)

Instructor: Elizabeth Garfinkle  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 2
Grading Designation: Credit Only
Mode of Instruction: Remote Instruction

Course Start: January 19, 2021
Course End: May 04, 2021
Class Number: 31712

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 13
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 35
As of: 05/08 05:45 AM

The James Patterson McBaine Honors Competition is Berkeley Law’s venerable moot court competition and is open to all second- and third-year J.D. students. Competitors will prepare an appellate brief and deliver at least two oral arguments. Cases chosen for the competition involve cutting-edge issues of great public importance. The final round judges are typically among the most renowned jurists in the nation.

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 and to help students prepare for oral argument. The student directors of the McBaine Competition and Liz Garfinkle, Academic Advisor for the competition, will be available for individual meetings throughout the competition.

Students will submit their briefs in late February or early March. Judges, Berkeley Law faculty, and 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 Kristen Holmquist. We will try in good faith to accommodate these conflicts.)

Students will advance to the quarter-finals, the 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 brief and the best oral argument for Petitioner and Respondent, respectively.

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

This course is subject to the three unit maximum for competition work. Please note that there is an overall 15 unit maximum for non-law/non-classroom work. ( Academic Rules , Rule 3.1(b)(2) and Rule 5).

Participation is limited to 2Ls, 3Ls, and LL.M.s in the Traditional and Thesis tracks.

Requirements Satisfaction:

Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (T) Course ends in a final practice trial, arguments, or other presentation (e.g. Powerpoint)
Course Category: Simulation Courses

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