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2018 NBLSA Advocacy Competitions
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Dear NBLSA Family,
The 2017-2018 Competition Season is upon us, and we could not be more excited to share our love of advocacy competitions with you! Below you will find some information regarding each of the competitions offered by NBLSA. Registration opens for all competitions today, Wednesday, September 27, 2017. Feel free to reach out to us via our email addresses listed below. We look forward to you competing with us!
Moot Court


The Regional competitions consist of a maximum of 18 teams made up of two advocates per team. Teams will write briefs arguing on behalf of petitioner and respondent. Regional competitions will simulate an appellate oral argument proceeding. The National competition consists of 18 teams, the top three placing teams from each of our six regional conventions, and is designed to simulate an appellate proceeding. For each round, oral arguments are evaluated on the competitor's overall ability as an appellate advocate. Each team consists of the two advocates per side speaking for an allotted time of no more than 40 minutes, including rebuttal. After each side articulates their argument, the judges score each competitor using the official FDMCC rubric. Overall, each round lasts no more than two hours from start, to finish. The top three placing teams from each of the six regional conventions will be invited to compete at the National Convention.
You can register for the Moot Court Competition by clicking here. Rules for this competition can be accessed by clicking here
Mock Trial


Regional competitions consist of a maximum of 18 teams. Rounds simulate a criminal trial proceeding where each team, consisting of four members each, offers opening statements, direct and cross examination of witnesses, and closing arguments. Witnesses are not scored in this competition. Advocates are evaluated on their overall courtroom presence, command of the Federal Rules of Evidence and Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, teamwork, and timeliness and accuracy of objections. The National competition is likewise compromised of the top three placing teams from each of NBLSA's six regional competitions. Each trial lasts approximately two and one-half hours.
You can register for the Mock Trial Competition by clicking hereRules for this competition can be accessed by clicking here
International Negotiations


The NMINC is the only competition exclusively national in nature. Teams consist of two students who work together to negotiate an international issue. The competition consists of five total rounds that are approximately one hour and thirty minutes each. Advocates will be evaluated on their negotiation skills, and command of the problem's subject-matter.
Registration for the International Negotiations Competition will open on Monday, October 16.  You can register for the International Negotiations competition by clicking here.  Rules for this competition can be accessed by clicking here. 
We look forward to your participation!
In NBLSA Service,
Ashley R. Rose 
National Director, Frederick Douglass Moot Court Competition
Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Brian Gordon
National Director, Justice Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition
University of Maryland School of Law


Brittmy Martinez

National Chief of Staff

Vermont Law School  

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