Advocate of the Year Competition -Preliminary Rounds

Sunday, October 11 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Online - Online via Zoom

The University of San Francisco School of Law’s Moot Court Board invites you to virtually judge the 2020 Advocate of the Year Competition (AYC). The University of San Francisco School of Law continues to offer excellent legal training in the remote context, leveraging online platforms and virtual instruction. Our moot court programs and the Advocate of the Year Competition, like all of our Fall 2020 events, will take place virtually via Zoom.

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Law student in front of mock judge.

The Advocate of the Year Competition (AYC) is a chance for continuing USF law students to practice and hone their courtroom skills.

The intramural competition, open to all students who complete the first-year moot court program, starts with a written portion where each participant writes an appellate brief. Then, students participate in two oral arguments, representing one party in the morning and the opposing party in the afternoon.

Students argue a hypothetical case in front of a panel of USF alumni who serve as judges. Participants advance to later rounds based on the judges’ scores. Participants are scored on overall persuasiveness, presence, knowledge of the facts and law, and ability to answer questions effectively. At the end of the competition, awards are given for Best Brief and Advocate of the Year.

The 2020-2021 academic year AYC competition is scheduled for the following dates:

  • Round 1: October 10 & 11
  • Round 2: October 17
  • Finals: October 23