Information for judges
Thank you for your interest in judging our moot court competition. Your service as a visiting judge is extraordinarily valuable to us.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When are oral arguments?
- How do I sign up to judge, if I haven't already?
- What does a competition judge do?
- How long does each Moot Court session last?
- Should I plan to judge at all the sessions on weeknights?
- How can I view the competition problem?
- Do I need expertise in any particular subject area in order to judge?
- What if I have worked with, or am related to, a participant in this year's competition?
- How do I know when I am going to judge?
- Can I arrange to judge with my friends or colleagues?
- Where can I park when I come to judge?
- Where should I go once I get to the Law School on the night of my argument?
- Will I have time for dinner?
- What if I am from out of town and would like to spend the night in Bloomington?
Each complete argument, including judges' scoring and comments, lasts for one hour, with four hours of argument scheduled each evening and Saturday, as follows:
Friday, October 20: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 21: 9:00-12:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 25: 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 28: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Wednesday, November 1: 5:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 4: 9:00-12:00 a.m.
Monday, November 6: 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 7: 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Thanks so much for your interest in judging. To select a date and time to judge, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond to your contact within two business days.
As a judge, not only do you get to meet distinguished legal professionals and alumni from around the country, but you also will have an influential role on young law students and soon-to-be graduates. The duties of a judge are serving as a member of a three to four person panel for student oral arguments. Students will present opposing sides in a case heard before a fictional federal circuit court of appeals. Judges listen to the arguments and pose questions to test the strength of the student's logic. Some questions may help students in articulating an argument, and other questions may challenge application to a new fact pattern.
After competitors have presented, judges will evaluate the competitors' performance and have an opportunity for informal discussion with students to provide them feedback. You will not read the actual briefs written by the competitors, but you will be given a bench memo written by the Moot Court Board to help acquaint you with the issues.
Times will be posted as soon as the schedule is confirmed.
Judges will evaluate the competitors' performance and have an opportunity for informal discussion with students after each round. Each student argues for fifteen minutes; a complete session, including judges' comments, takes about 1 hour. Judges are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before each session.
We appreciate any time you can offer to judge the competition. It is extremely helpful to have judges stay for multiple sessions on a given day. Many judges have found early rounds so enjoyable that they did not want to leave. Please consider staying to judge a couple rounds if your schedule allows!
The 2017-18 competition problem will be posted here when it is available.
No; we have found that having judges from diverse legal backgrounds greatly enhances our competition. Whatever your field of practice or experience, your service as a judge will be a tremendous benefit to our students.
Judges are sent a bench brief before oral argument that concisely outlines the current applicable law and suggests questions for each side. While the bench brief, plus the competition problem itself, provides all of the information that you will need to judge, Board Members are also available to answer any questions that you might have about the topic or the scope of the issues in advance of arguments.
You may still judge in the competition if you have worked with or are related to a student participant. However, please provide us with the name of the student, and we will ensure that you are not assigned to judge that particular argument.
Once you contact us to arrange a time, we will send you a confirmation e-mail confirming the date and time of your participation.
Absolutely! We are happy to schedule you to judge with your friends or colleagues. Email us at email@example.com and let us know with whom you would like to judge.
Parking is available nearby at the Henderson Street Garage (across 3rd Street from the Law School) or Atwater Garage (on Atwater Ave., several blocks east of the law school). Vehicles parked in the lot across from the Law School are subject to ticketing by university parking officials.
Take the elevator or stairs to the Judges' Reception Room. We will have signs posted. Please plan to arrive at least fifteen minutes in advance of your round. You may leave coats, briefcases, etc. in the Reception Room during your argument. If you have brought guests who choose not to attend the argument itself, they are welcome to relax and enjoy refreshments in the Reception Room during the arguments as well.
Refreshments will be provided in the Judges’ Reception Room. We encourage you to come enjoy the food and meet members of the Moot Court Board and first year students serving as bailiffs for the competition.
If you would like help making hotel reservations, or have other questions about your trip to Bloomington, please feel free to contact our Alumni Relations office at (812) 855-9700, or firstname.lastname@example.org.