On-Campus Arbitration Competition

About The Competition

This year’s Fall competition will occur on October 2, 2021!

Competitors will compete in teams of two, with each advocate performing two of the four elements of the competition: Opening, Direct Examination, Cross-Examination, and Summation.

The competition will occur in two rounds: a morning round of examinations (Cross and Direct) and an afternoon round of statements (Opening and Summation). Each partner must present once per round (i.e., Partner A may not present both halves in the morning round while Partner B presents both halves of the afternoon round). After both rounds have been completed, the scores will be tabulated and the winners and runners-up will be announced.

Each presentation will have a ten-minute time limit, which will be strictly enforced. Please make your preparations accordingly. This format is intended to make sure that the amount of work is doable for our competitors, and to ensure that the rounds proceed smoothly.

Opening Statements and Summation are unique in arbitration in that the panel is allowed to question the advocate, like in a moot court round. Advocates will be judged on their ability to handle questions and move back into the statement.

Competitor Registration/Sign-Up for On-Campus Arbitration Competition

  • All Teams must sign up for the Competition through the form below.
  • Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • Those who do not make the initial teams will be placed on a waitlist.
  • You MUST have a full team of two competitors before a team member can sign up.
  • Teams MUST consist of either 2Ls and/or 3Ls. 1Ls are encouraged to sign-up below to serve as bailiffs.
  • Note: If you are interested in competing, please contact Lance Calicut at lcalicut@smu.edu.