3.2 Team Eligibility, Competition Rules: 

Team members must be enrolled in a Master of Laws (LL.M.) program. J.S.D. and S.J.D. students are also eligible to participate. However, a team can be composed of no more than one S.J.D. candidate.  

Students from foreign law schools are eligible to participate as long as they have a law degree and are enrolled in postgraduate law studies. 

Students who have completed their studies (through the completion of the required units necessary for the awarding of the LL.M. degree) by December 2019 are unable to be part of a team. Students must be enrolled in an LL.M. or postgraduate law studies at the moment of the competition.


Each participating law school may enter up to two teams.  A team may be composed of two to four members who shall be the only individuals who can present arguments orally. One team member must argue both the claimant and respondent sides during the general round to help prevent claimant/respondent specialization. Aside from this requirement, each registered team may serve any team member role, such as researcher, writer, oralist, or desk counsel and may serve multiple or all team member roles at any time during the competition. During each oral round, one additional team member, the "desk counsel" to the two oralists, may sit at the table with the two oralists as desk counsel.  The person acting as desk counsel must be one of the registered team members.  The person acting as desk counsel need not be the same person in each oral round. For more information check the Competition Rules

While only four students may be registered to compete and participate in the oral rounds, additional students may contribute or help teams prepare in advance of the competition. In this way, more people will benefit from the experience. For example, such students may conduct research for a team’s oral or written arguments or write any part of the team’s outline.

Last year we had 20 teams with more than 90 students competing from 14 different law schools including American University Washington College of Law; Berkeley School of Law; Brooklyn Law School; Cardozo School of Law; Fordham University Law School; Georgetown University Law Center; Haramaya University College of Law (Ethiopia); Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Northwestern Pritzker School of Law; University of Denver Sturm College of Law; University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law; University of Pittsburgh School of Law; University of North Carolina School of Law; University of Southern California Gould School of Law; and University of Texas School of Law.

Argument Outline

Each team must submit an Argument Outline in support of the legal position of both the claimant and the respondent.

All teams will receive by e-mail the outlines of the teams they are scheduled to argue against in the oral rounds two weeks prior to the competition. To learn more about the competition, please go to the  previous competition.