Stone Moot Court Competition 2018

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 7 (subject to change; see below). The competition prize winners and Albers invitees will be announced at an awards reception on November 15.

Students do not receive academic credit for their participation in moot court, but participation in Stone is a prerequisite for participation on any of BU Law’s school-funded intramural 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 jataylor@bu.edu.

2018 Stone Directors: Courtney Merrill, Jayvee Rhoda, and Jake Picard.

Email: stonemc@bu.edu

Registration

Registration will open in early September. Check back here or look for an email announcement.

Important Competition Dates

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

Information Session*
Friday, September 7, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room TBD

* Date and time especially subject to change.

Application Due Date
Tuesday, September 18, 12 p.m.
Link to Application Form (available in early September)

Problem Release Date
Thursday, September 20

Brief Writing Workshop
Monday, September 24, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room TBD (additional breakout sessions in rooms TBD (Problem 2) and TBD (Problem 3); Problem 1 will stay in room TBD)

Brief Due Date
Friday, October 12, by 3 p.m.

Oral Advocacy Workshop
Monday, October 15, 1 – 2 p.m.
Room TBD

Oral Arguments
Arguments take place at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and at 3 p.m. on Fridays. 

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

October 22 – 26
October 29 – November 2
November 5 – 9

Awards Reception
Thursday, November 15, 4 – 5 p.m.
Charles River Room
Refreshments will be served.

Problems

Problem Topics (each problem will contain two issues; teammates decide together who is arguing which issue):

  • ST-18-01:
  • ST-18-02:
  • ST-18-03:

Problem Files:

Problem 1

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. You need to be logged in with a BU email address to view the link. Contact the Help Desk if you have issues!

Week 1 (October 22 – 26)

Week 2 (October 29- November 2)

Week 3 (November 5 – 9)

Sample Oral Argument Score Sheet

Other Materials and Samples

Stone Rules 2018

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

Brief Writing Workshop Slides

Oral Argument Workshop Slides

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 (which are different in Stone and which recently changed – in particular, the font and length requirements are now different). 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