Advocate of the Year Competition

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 2018-2019 academic year AYC competition is scheduled for the following dates:

  • Round 1: October 6 & 7
  • Round 2: October 13
  • Finals: October 26

The Moot Court Board Internal Advocacy Director is in charge of the Advocate of the Year Competition. The Advocacy Director organizes the AYC competition and writes the bench memorandum. All questions and comments should be directed to the Advocacy Director by calling (415) 422-5118 or emailing the Internal Advocacy Director Kelly Stephan.