Academic Programs

Edward C. Stone Moot Court Competition 2014

The Edward C. Stone Moot Court Competition is only open to all second-year J.D. students,* and runs runs from late September through mid-November. Students work in teams of two on one of three moot court problems. The 32 Stone participants with the highest combined brief and oral argument scores are invited to participate in the second semester Homer Albers Prize Moot Court Competition. Jen Taylor McCloskey, the Associate Director of the Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program, will hold an informational meeting for all interested participants in early September.

Students do not receive academic credit for their participation in moot court, but participation in Stone is a pre-requisite for participation on any of BU Law's school-funded 3L moot court teams, including teams organized by students and student groups.

* Second-year students who transferred from a different school's J.D. program are eligible to participate in Stone. Second-year students who transferred to the J.D. program from the LL.M. program cannot participate in Stone until they have completed the Esdaile Moot Court Program. Thus, LL.M. transfer students are permitted to participate in Stone as 3Ls instead. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Jen McCloskey, at jataylor@bu.edu.

2014 - 2015 Stone Directors: Juliaana DiGesu, Thomas Foley, and Thomas Fryska.   

Email: stonemc@bu.edu

Registration for the 2014 competition is CLOSED. Team numbers have been emailed out. If you did not receive an email with your team number (or if you believe you are missing emails generally), please check your spam folder.

Library Research Sessions: The Library is conducting a research session on Thursday, October 2 in Room 336. Problem 1 will be discussed from about 3 - 3:40pm, Problem 2 from 3:40 - 4:20pm, and Problem 3 from 4:20 - 5pm. If you cannot make your session, you can ask the Library for one-on-one assistance, they are happy to help!

2014 Important Dates

Information Session
Monday, September 8 at 1 p.m., Room 211

Registration Forms Due
Monday, September 22 at 5 p.m.

Problems Online
Friday, September 26 by 5 p.m.

Advocacy Workshop - MANDATORY
Tuesday, September 30 at 1 p.m., Room 414
Email Jen McCloskey (jataylor@bu.edu) if you cannot attend.

Briefs Due
Thursday, October 16 at 3 p.m.

Oral Arguments*
October 27 - 31
November 3 - 7
November 10 - 14
Monday - Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Friday at 3 p.m.

Stone Awards Reception
Thursday, November 20 at 1:00 p.m., location TBA

Competition Documents and Other Information

Links will be added as materials are posted.

Rules

2014 Edward C. Stone Competition Rules

Problems
Problem 1
Problem 2
Problem 3

 

2014 Competitor Briefs

 

2014 Argument Schedules
Link to Week 2
Link to Week 3

Please note: The sample briefs are competition briefs from a prior year's Homer Albers Prize Moot Court competition. They are intended to provide an overview of the structure of a moot court brief and to give competitors a benchmark, as each represents the highest-scoring brief on each side of the Albers competition. The briefs are not perfect and should not be relied on exclusively. The competition rules lay out the format for a brief, and to the extent the Rules differ from the samples, the Rules control.

Sample Score Sheet - Oral
Sample Score Sheet - Brief

Workshop Materials

Stone Workshop - Brief Writing slides
Note: One slide says "your name is on the brief." Your actual name should not appear on the brief - that slide is meant to remind you that this is your work that outside attorneys will be reading, and you will be identifiable to those attorneys as the author at oral argument.

Stone Workshop - Oral Advocacy slides

Moot Court Manual
To the extent the manual, which is geared toward Esdaile, conflicts with the Stone Rules, the Stone rules control.