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McGee Moot Court Competition Features

Each participating school may enter one or two teams, each team consisting of two or three students. If a team has three members, all must argue in the preliminary rounds but only two may argue in any given round.

Each team will argue in a minimum of three preliminary rounds with the opportunity for additional arguments in the round of sixteen, quarterfinals, semifinals and the third place or final round.

A philosophy of openness with regard to information. Participants know where they stand. They are informed regarding their brief and technical scores and the brief and technical scores of the other participating teams prior to their arrival and are able to check their team's oral scores at various points during the competition.

The substantive arguments of each brief are read by 5 select judges with the high and low scores excluded and the remaining 3 scores averaged.

Participants have the opportunity to review and challenge the citation and technical error marks concerning their brief prior to the oral argument phase of the competition.

Sixteen teams move forward to the first level of the advanced rounds, the round of sixteen.

The oral argument panels that preside over the arguments consist of a diverse crosssection of select attorneys and judges.

In addition to First, Second and Third place team awards, there is a team award for Best Brief and two awards for best oral advocates, The Best Oral Advocate of the Preliminary Rounds and the overall Best Oral Advocate.

The features of the McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition also include a welcome banquet, refreshments and award reception at no additional charge. Also, the location within the Twin Cities metropolitan area has easy access to a wide variety of restaurants, music, theater, sports and shopping, including the Mall of America.