Thank you for your interest in judging our moot court competition. Your service as a visiting judge is extraordinarily valuable to us.
The Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition will take place during the spring semester. Our judge coordinators will continue to reach out to past judges and those who have previously expressed interest in judging. If you are interested in judging, you can provide your contact information here.
Frequently asked questions
Preliminary oral arguments will being via Zoom on March 8, 2024 and will conclude with the finals on April 7, 2024.
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.
Judges will evaluate the competitors' performance and have an opportunity for informal discussion with students after each round. Each student argues for 15 minutes; a complete session, including judges' comments, takes about one hour. Judges are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before each session.
The problem will be released on January 26, 2024. When it becomes available, it will be posted here.
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.
In light of COVID-19, we will be hosting a hybrid competition. The first two rounds of the competition will be judged remotely via Zoom. When you sign up to judge, you will receive a separate note from the team with information on how to join the virtual session. The rest of the competitive rounds will occur in person and require travel to Bloomington. When you sign up to judge, you will receive a separate note about in-person judging procedures.
If you are judging online, please download the Zoom application. Zoom operates best when accessed via a desktop or mobile application. However, if you are unable to install the application, you can still join by browser. If you plan to judge this way, please let us know.