The Spring Qualifying Tournament ("SQT")


Registration closes on Friday, January 24th, at 11:59 pm. Registrants will receive the SQT packet on the morning of January 25th.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do I have to do to try out?

A: Tryouts are composed of a written and oral component based on a hypothetical case before the Supreme Court. You will write for the Appellant or Appellee based on what we assign, and you will argue both sides during the oral argument.

Q: Will this affect my Rhetoric grade?

A: No, however, the experience will be excellent practice for your rhetoric memo and oral argument.

Q: When will the record for the oral argument be released?

A: January 25th.

Q: Does it cost anything to try out?

A: Yes, $20.

Q: If I drop out, do I get my $20 back?

A: No, this is a non-refundable deposit.

Q: I am a 2L, does that matter for what I turn in for my writing component?

A: No. Everyone will turn in a brief based on the same problem, but the research still helps 2Ls - hint, hint, Criminal Procedure.

Q: Will my written brief and oral argument be on the same issue?

A: Yes. As with our normal competitions, students will be assigned either Appellant or Appellee and will write an appellate brief for that side. They will then prepare oral arguments for both sides of the same issue.

Important Dates
Date Event
January 13th Registration Opens
January 15th Optional Evening Information Session
10:00pm in NT01
January 16th Optional Daytime Information Session
Noon in YT17
January 24th Registration Closes
January 25th Registrants Receive Problem
January 27th Mandatory Information Session
12:00pm in Y401 & 10:00pm in Y401
February 2nd Briefs Due at 11:59pm
February 9th Oral Arguments