Introduction

The Upper-Level Competition is open to all GW students who are not first-year students. The Upper-Level is also the avenue for transfer students interested in joining the Board achieve membership, however, current board members may also participate. Unlike the First-Year Competition, those students who compete in the Upper-Level receive one academic credit for their participation, regardless of whether they advance further in the competition or make the Board.

Teams of two are required to prepare both sides, plaintiff and defense, of the assigned case packet. Teams are also responsible for securing and prepping volunteer witnesses. Volunteering to be a witness in the Upper-Level Competition is a great opportunity for 1L students to be involved in a trial competition, and learn about what to expect from the First-Year Competition in the spring. This year, George Washington is offering an optional course alongside the Upper-Level Competition. Taught by local practitioner, Mark Shaffer, the course will focus on basic trial skills and is tailored to the assigned case packet.

The competition takes place in October and is held at the law school. Student teams compete twice, once for each side, and are judged by local practitioners, professors, other legal professionals, and Board members. The best competitors advance to compete in semi-final rounds and one final round of the competition, and one outstanding competitor receives an award for Best Advocate.

2020 Chair: Alice Danelia; questions may be submitted to [email protected]

The Problem:

TBA.

Registration Information

Register for the Mock Trial Comp. Internal Class (6645) no later than Sunday, August 30, 2020.

  • Submit an Intent to Compete form by Sunday, August 30, 2020; copies of the PDF file are available on the portal page. Forms must be completed and submitted in the “Student Drop Box” on the left-hand side of the course portal.
  • Students participate in teams of two and must supply two witnesses.
  • Requests to register after the deadline will be at the discretion of Dean Johnson.
  • After you are registered, continue to check the Portal for announcements. Answers to factual questions will be considered stipulations binding upon all competitors.
  • This is a competition for upper-level students only. 1Ls cannot compete in this competition, although they are encouraged to participate as witnesses.

Key Dates for 2020 – 2021 Upper-Level Competition

Location

The final two teams will compete at the Law School in the Moot Courtroom, subject to CDC guidelines.

August 20, 2020: First Informational Session

Informational Session will be held from 2PM to 3PM online in Google Meet.  This will be a meeting where people can learn more about the mock trial competition. The meeting can be accessed here: http://meet.google.com/kum-xmaf-jnz

August 26, 2020: Second Information Session

Informational Session will be held from 12PM to 1PM online in Google Meet.  This will be a meeting where people can learn more about the mock trial competition. The meeting can be accessed here: http://meet.google.com/oiq-fcrx-hge

    August 30, 2020: Deadline to Register & Submit Intent to Compete

    Register for the Mock Trial Comp. Internal Class (6645) no later than Sunday, August 30, 2020.

    • Submit an Intent to Compete form by Sunday, August 30, 2020; copies of the PDF file are available on the portal page. Forms must be completed and submitted in the “Student Drop Box” on the left-hand side of the course portal.
    • Students participate in teams of two and must supply two witnesses.
    • Requests to register after the deadline will be at the discretion of Dean Johnson.
    • After you are registered, continue to check the Portal for announcements. Answers to factual questions will be considered stipulations binding upon all competitors.
    • This is a competition for upper-level students only. 1Ls cannot compete in this competition, although they are encouraged to participate as witnesses.
    TBA: Problem Released

    Each team will be responsible for preparing BOTH the Plaintiff and the Defendant side of the case. Each student will conduct an opening or closing statement, as well as a direct and a cross examination.

    TBA: Five 1.5 Hour Tip Sessions
    • These weekly tip sessions will occur on dates to be announced.
    • They will be recorded and linked to the course portal if you cannot attend.
    • The exact days and times will be announced once registration concludes.
    TBA: Preliminary Rounds
    • The preliminary rounds will be held at the Law School.
    • Each team will participate in two trials, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Each team will represent plaintiff in one case and defendant in the other.
    • We will attempt to make accommodations for those with religious observances.
    TBA: Advancement Rounds
    • The advancement rounds will be held at the Law School.
    • Trials may be held in both the morning and the afternoon for the advancement rounds. More information on these rounds will be made available in September. Two teams will advance to the finals.
    TBA: Final Round
    • The final two teams will compete at the Law School in the Moot Courtroom.
    • The Finalists and overall Best Oral Advocate will be recognized with plaques.

    Moot Courtroom

    GW Law School Moot Courtroom
    2000 H Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20052