Internal ASU Competitions

Our internal competitions are held throughout the academic year and all law students are eligible to compete. Participating in Moot Court is a great way to practice advocacy skills, whether as a 1L, 2L, or 3L. Moot Court is especially great preparation for first-year students, as they will have graded oral aguments in their legal advocacy class. Each competition is held on three weekday evenings (two days for the preliminary round and one for finals). In the preliminary rounds, competitors need only show up for their assigned time slot.

For more information on internal competitions contact the internal competitions chair, Sarah Randolph at sarah.r.randolph@gmail.com.


Client Counseling

About Client Counseling

The Client Counseling Competition is a great introduction to the Moot Court Program. It is designed to assist students in perfecting the interviewing, counseling, and communication skills necessary in the practice of law. Each competitor acts as an attorney interviewing a new client, while judges observe the interaction and provide the student with feedback after the interview. Client Counseling is the first competition held during the school year. Very little preparation is required, and historically a 1L has often won.

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Helpful preparation materials

2017 Competition Dates

  • Info Session: Wednesday, August 23rd at 12:15pm (Room 240)
  • Sign-ups Open: Wednesday, August 23rd at Noon to Thursday, August 31st (Sign up »)
  • Problem Release: Friday, September 1st
  • Preliminary Rounds: Tuesday, September 5th – Wednesday, September 6th
  • Final Rounds: Thursday, September 7th

 Jenckes

About Jenckes

The Jenckes Closing Argument Competition is an annual competition between the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU and the James E. Rogers College of Law at U of A. Students prepare and present a closing argument based on a closed case file.

This competition is a great way to develop public speaking and critical evaluation skills. In addition to practicing these skills, you can get feedback from experienced practicing attorneys who judge the competition, and you can win MONEY, AWARDS, and you and your teammate can move on to represent ASU against U of A for the coveted Jenckes Cup!

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2017 Competition Dates

  • Info Session / Sign-ups Open: Wednesday, September 13th at 12:15pm (Room 240)
  • Sign-ups Close: Friday, September 22nd
  • Problem Release: Saturday, September 23rd
  • Preliminary Rounds: Monday, October 2nd – Tuesday, October 3rd
  • Final Rounds: Thursday, October 5th
  • Jenckes Cup: Friday, November 3rd

Spritzer Oral Argument

About Spritzer

The Oral Argument Competition is held early in the spring semester and is a chance for students to hone their appellate oral argument skills. Many first-year students use this competition to prepare for the graded oral argument in their spring semester writing classes. Participants are provided with materials with which to prepare their argument. The competition is designed to test the participant’s preparation and ability to quickly and articulately answer spontaneous questions from the judging panel. The winner and runner up traditionally have received monetary prizes.

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2018 Competition Dates

  • Info Session / Sign-ups Open: TBD
  • Sign-ups Close:  TBD
  • Problem Release:  TBD
  • Preliminary Rounds:  TBD
  • Final Rounds: TBD

Oplinger

About Oplinger

The Oplinger Competition is a closing-argument competition prepared from a closed case file and is sponsored by the Arizona Association of Defense Counsel. The competition is held in the spring and the three winners receive monetary prizes.

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2018 Competition Dates

  • Info Session / Sign-ups Open: TBD
  • Sign-ups Close:  TBD
  • Problem Release:  TBD
  • Preliminary Rounds:  TBD
  • Final Rounds: TBD