Scoring

  1. Scoring of Briefs
    1. Brief scores shall constitute fifty percent (50%) of each team’s score in Preliminary Round One and fifty percent (50%) of each team’s score in Preliminary Round Two.
    2. A panel of judges will score the briefs. Briefs will be evaluated anonymously and graded on a scale of one (1) to one hundred (100) points. After a team’s brief score has been determined, penalties for formatting and citation errors, as well as any penalties for rule violations, will be subtracted from the initial score given.
    3. The following chart provides the point deductions for format and citation errors:
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    FORMAT ERRORS POINT DEDUCTIONS
    Cover must be of hard or heavy surface and be the correct color. 2
    Brief not bound 2
    Non-one inch margin 2
    Non-double spaced text and single spaced footnotes 2
    Non-12 point Times New Roman font including footnotes 2
    Non-8 ½ x11 paper 2
    Non-Compliance with Rule 24(1)(a)-(j) of the Rules of the United States Supreme Court 2/per error
    Pages in excess of 40 not including those pages discussed in Rule III(D)(2)(h) 1/page
    Competitor names or name of team including law school on any location except on front cover of measuring brief 1/per occurrence
    Late submission of briefs to Vice Chancellor (Postmark deadline of January 31, 2016) 5/day
    Submission of wrong side brief 10
    Submission of wrong number of briefs to Vice Chancellor 1/copy
    Failure to include brief certificate to Vice Chancellor (Includes: 1) A statement that the work product contained in all copies of the team’s brief are the work product of the members of the team only; 2) A statement that the team has complied fully with its law school honor code; and 3) An acknowledgment that the team has complied with all the Rules of the Competition). 1
    Failure to submit Measuring Brief to Vice Chancellor (Includes: 1) Typewritten names of all team members; 2) Their signatures; 3) Team number assigned by the Vice Chancellor and; 4) The name of their law school on the front cover page of the brief) 1
    Minor Citation Errors – does not impair the ability of the reader to identify or find the authority and that does not misrepresent the material. ½ point / per error
    Major Citation Errors – affects the ability of the reader to find or identify the authority or misrepresents the material. 1 point / per error

     

  3. Oral Argument
    1. Location The first day of the Competition will be held at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 3600 John McCormack Road, N.E. Washington, D.C. 20064. The second day of the Competition will be at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001.
    2. Scoring
      1. The teams’ score for the preliminary rounds will be based on the score for the brief and the score for the oral argument. In Round 1, the brief will constitute fifty percent (50%) of the score; in Round 2, the brief will constitute fifty percent (50%) of the score.
      2. The team’s score for the quarterfinal, semifinal, and final rounds will be based entirely on oral argument performance.
      3. The winners of the two semi-final (based on oral scores) will advance to the final round.
      4. All scoring will be judged on a scale of 100 in whole numbers. If a judge provides a score other than a whole number, the number will be rounded up to the nearest whole number. Each preliminary oral round will consist of three oral scores. There will be a minimum of two oral judges in each room. In the event that only two judges are present, the third score will be computed by averaging the two scores to create the third score. If there are three judges in the room then one score will be taken from each judge.
      5. In the event of a tie in determining the top two teams, the following procedures will be used by the Vice Chancellor in the following order:
        1. The higher place will be awarded to the team with the higher final brief score. That team will advance to the final round.
        2. If a tie still remains, an average of the three oral argument scores from the three rounds (two preliminary rounds, one semifinal round) will determine the higher place.
        3. In the event that either of the top two teams has not been determined, the higher place will be awarded to the team with the higher score from the Knowledge of Key Facts and Use of Authorities section of the oral competition score sheets. That team will advance to the final round.

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