The Spring Qualifying Tournament ("SQT")


Early Registration closes on Friday, January 25, at 11:59pm. Early registrants will receive the SQT packet the morning of January 26.

Extended Registration closes Monday, January 28, at 11:59pm. Extended period registrants are still able to compete, but will receive the SQT packet only after the Extended Registration closes. Extended period registrants will not receive a point deduction. The only impact Extended period registrants will feel is having two fewer days to work on the written brief, but they will otherwise be on an even playing field with early registration participants.

Slides from the optional information session can be found here.

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 Petitioner or Respondent 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 28th.

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, Crim. Pro.

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 Petitioner or Respondent, 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 14 Early Registration Opens
January 15 Optional Information Session
12:00pm in NT07 & 10:00pm in NT07
January 25 Early Registration Closes
January 26 Early Registrants Receive Appellate Problem
January 28 Mandatory Info Session
12:00pm in NT07 & 10:00pm in NT07
January 28 Extended Registration Closes 11:59pm
January 29 Extended Registrants Receive Appellate Problem
February 3 Briefs due at 11:59pm
February 10 Oral Arguments