Stone Moot Court Competition 2016

The Edward C. Stone Moot Court Competition is only open to all second-year JD students,* and runs from late September through mid-November. Students work in teams of two on one of three moot court problems. The 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. (Note that the number of students invited to participate in the Homer Albers Prize competition may vary based on the number of students competing in Stone, but will be between 16 and 32 students.) Jen Taylor McCloskey, the Associate Director of the Legal Writing and Appellate Advocacy Program, will hold an informational meeting for all interested participants on September 12 (see below). The competition prize winners and Albers invitees will be announced at an awards reception on November 17.

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 JD program are eligible to participate in Stone. Second-year students who transferred to the JD program from the LLM program cannot participate in Stone until they have completed the Esdaile Moot Court Program. Thus, LLM transfer students are permitted to participate in Stone as 3Ls instead. If you have questions about your eligibility, please contact Jen McCloskey, at

2016–2017 Stone Directors: Rio Gonzalez, Jaclyn Reinhart, Christopher Walczyzyn.



Registration is now closed.

Important Competition Dates

Dates below have been confirmed. Dates are always subject to change, including the problem release date, but any changes will be announced here and via email.

Information Session
Monday, September 12, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room 414

Application Due Date
Monday, September 19, 12 p.m.
Link to Application Form

Problem Release Date
Thursday, September 22 

Brief Writing Workshop
Monday, September 26, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room 414 (additional breakout sessions in rooms 418 (Problem 2) and 420 (Problem 3); Problem 1 will stay in room 414)

Brief Due Date
Friday, October 14, by 3 p.m.

Oral Advocacy Workshop
Monday, October 17, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room 212

Oral Arguments
Arguments take place at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and at 3 p.m. on Fridays. Please check in for arguments in the Moot Court reception area, across from Room 513.

See Rules, posted below, for additional information about scheduling and conflicts.

October 24 – 28
October 31 – November 4
November 7 – 11

Awards Reception
Thursday, November 17, 1 – 2 p.m.
Charles River Room


Problem 1

Problem 2

Additional Case Law for Problem 2

Problem 3

Sample Brief Score Sheet

Student Briefs (protected)

Problem 1 Briefs

Problem 2 Briefs

Problem 3 Briefs

Argument Schedules

The oral argument schedules will be posted here as they become available.

Week 1 (October 24 – 28)

Week 2 (October 31 – November 4)

Week 3 (November 7 – 11)

Sample Oral Argument Score Sheet

Other Materials and Samples

ECHO Home Page (workshops and arguments will be made available in the MOOT sections)

Stone Rules 2016

Moot Court Manual

Sample Briefs. Sample briefs are for reference only. Briefs from the Homer Albers Prize competition are longer than allowed under the Stone Competition rules. These samples are intended to give you a sense of what a high-scoring brief from our honors competitions looks like; they may not conform perfectly to the rules, and you should refer to the Stone Competition rules for format and length restrictions. We have also posted a sample appellate brief written by Peter Brann, a graduate of the Law School and former Homer Albers Prize winner.

Peter Brann – Sample Appellate Brief

2013 Best Brief

2014 Best Brief

2015 Best Brief