Frequently Asked Questions
The following is a list of commonly asked questions about the competition
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Q - Will schools be able to send more than four (4) teams if the 72 team cap is not
No. Rule 5.7 states “Team participation will be capped at seventy-two (72) teams. Participation will be granted on a first come first served basis. In addition, each individual school is limited to four (4) teams per school.”
Q: I am in a joint JD/LLM Program. Am I able to compete in the Moot Court Competition?
Yes. If you have not yet graduated from the JD program and are in good standing with your local NALSA chapter.
Q: How does my law school pay the $250 fee for more than one team?
The administrator will need to use a new email each time a team’s $250 fee is paid. The email used to sign up is not important, meaning it can be anyone’s email. The important piece is to correctly identify the team members when prompted within the fee portal.
Q: What is required to comply with the following rule: "In accordance with NNALSA Moot Court Rule 4.2, each competitor must submit documents
that verify (1) the individual’s local chapter has submitted its dues, (2) the individual
has submitted NNALSA Individual Membership dues, and (3) the individual has submitted
the local chapter individual membership dues.”
To comply with the rule please submit a letter and any other verification of dues paid. If the team does not have verification of individual and chapter NNALSA dues please just state the fees have been paid in the letter and the Moot Court Administrator will verify dues have been paid with the NNALSA Secretary.
Q: Will NNALSA provide a second team member for an individual who wishes to compete
but cannot find a teammate?
No. NNALSA does not provide teammates. Any individual who wishes to participate must locate their own teammate before registration.
Q: What is required to comply with the letter requirement attesting to involvement in NALSA?
Rule 4.2(c) states the following - "Competitors shall be active members of NNALSA and their local NALSA chapter. In their team’s registration packet each competitor shall submit a letter from their local NALSA chapter President and/or Secretary. The letter must attest to that competitor’s participation in their local NALSA chapter and interest in advancing the Mission of NNALSA. If there is no local NALSA chapter, refer to Rule 4.3.”
Q: When will team numbers and sides be assigned?
Once registration closes on December 4, 2020 at 11:59 CST the verification process will begin. NNALSA will work to verify that every registered team meets the qualifications found in the 2021 NNALSA Moot Court Rules and is eligible to compete. After verification is completed the Moot Court Administrator will email each team their team number and side they will be arguing. This is expected to be completed by Monday, December 7, 2020 by the end of the day.
Q: What are pronunciations of the names in the moot court problem?
The names are pronounced as:
Q: When will a team argue on-brief and off-brief during the preliminary rounds?
A: Per Rule 9.7 of the 2021 National NALSA Moot Court Rules, each team will argue at least once the Appellants’/Petitioners’ side and the Appellees’/Respondents’ side during the preliminary rounds. If you are selected to argue the Appellants’/Petitioners’ side for Preliminary Round A, then you will argue the Appellees’/Respondents’ side for Preliminary Round B. If you are selected to argue the Appellees’/Respondents’ side for Preliminary round A, then you will argue the Appellants’/Petitioners’ side for Preliminary Round B. Therefore, one team may argue off-brief during Preliminary Round A and on-brief during Preliminary Round B, while another team may be arguing on-brief during Preliminary Round A and off-brief during Preliminary Round B. You may be selected to argue against someone who is off-brief when you are on-brief and vice versa.